Eversource announced on Monday that as part of an on-going effort to further strengthen the electric distribution system in Greenwich, they are beginning work on the underground line portion of the Greenwich Substation and Line Project.
Construction started on Monday in Bruce Park and at the Railroad Avenue location for the new substation, according to Frank Poirot of Eversource. Crews are installing temporary construction fence at both locations.
The work will include installing a new 115-kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line under approximately two miles of local streets through the south side of town.
“Breaking ground on this project is a significant step toward reinforcing the electric system in Greenwich to ensure our customers have reliable power during heat waves, severe cold snaps and other times of high energy use,” said Eversource VP of Project Management Steve Sullivan, adding that there are 28,000+ customers in Greenwich.
“This upgrade project will allow us to meet their energy needs while being sensitive to neighborhood aesthetics,” Sullivan said.
The project also includes constructing a new substation on Railroad Avenue later this year.
The new underground transmission line will connect the new substation to Eversource’s Cos Cob Substation.
Eversource said the work will not interrupt electric service to local businesses or residents, and Eversource will continue to work closely with community leaders and property owners where work is being done to mitigate any potential impacts.
The project is expected to be complete in 2020.