Eversource, as part of its ongoing efforts to provide reliable power to customers, is investing $12 million in upgrading the electric system on Waterbury’s north side.
The project, which will take place in phases through 2025, involves installation of almost 150 stronger and thicker utility poles, more than three miles of overhead electric lines strung with “tree wire” that can endure extreme weather and the addition of seven reclosers. These upgrades and electric circuit reconfigurations will enable the 65-year-old substation to be retired and removed since it is no longer necessary.
Crews are currently working on the project Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., depending on the weather. Bishop, Bronson, Burton, Cooke, Pearl, Ridgewood, Waterville, and Wyman streets are some of the affected roads. Eversource is working closely with community leaders and customers to minimize any impact on traffic and coordinate with other roadwork in the city. During the project, customers may experience brief power interruptions, and Eversource will inform them beforehand. The 2023 portion of the project is likely to be completed by August end.
“This project will create several ‘automatic zones’- areas with equipment that can quickly reroute power if there is a problem - which will enhance electric reliability so customers have dependable service,” said Steve Sullivan, president of Connecticut Electric Operations at Eversource. “By continuing to make strategic investments in the system, like these in Waterbury, we’re building a more robust and resilient electric grid that will serve our customers well into the future.”