Crews trim limbs and trees away from electric lines on Rt. 4 in Sharon, Connecticut.

Eversource Upgrading Electric System in Sharon, Connecticut

April 8, 2016
Company investing more than $5.2 million to increase safety and reliability for customers

With so many people relying on technology to power their daily lives, Eversource recognizes that the constant flow of electricity is crucial.  That's why the company works tirelessly to provide reliable power to its customers on a 24/7 basis and continues to make significant investments in the electric grid to do so.  As part of this system resiliency work, Eversource is spending $5.2 million on upgrades in the town of Sharon.  The work includes installing new, stronger, and thicker utility poles and plastic-coated electric lines, known as “tree wire” which can better withstand extreme weather, as well as equipment that can re-route power and limit the number of customers affected by an outage.

“Our job is to ensure customers have the reliable energy they need to run their businesses and live their lives,” said Ken Bowes, Vice President of Connecticut Engineering at Eversource.  “By making these strategic investments, like the ones in Sharon, we’re building a more robust and resilient electric grid that will serve our customers well into the future.”

The project includes replacing approximately 320 utility poles and installing nearly eight miles of tree wire in town.  Work is currently happening along Route 41, which includes Gay, Main, North Main and South Main Streets.  Also on the construction schedule are Route 4 and Dunbar Road.

Eversource and its contractors are coordinating with town officials about potential traffic disruptions while the work is ongoing.  Customers may experience short power interruptions at times during the course of the project so crews can safely perform the work and any customers affected will be notified. The project is expected to be complete by November.

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