Dominion nearly finished with local line upgrade
Dominion Virginia Power has completed much of the work to improve electrical service to the Route 14 corridor of Gloucester into Mathews.
Daisy Pridgen, a spokesperson for Dominion, said the project is expected to be completed by March 1, 2017.
All 150 steel poles have been set, Pridgen said, and eight of the 10 miles of electrical line have been placed. The project involved erecting taller poles to carry electric lines from the Wan substation near Cow Creek Mill Pond on Route 14 into Mathews County.
The new poles will elevate many lines over the existing trees that often fall atop them during storms and high winds, Pridgen said. The work also includes a wider right-of-way to keep poles farther away from the main road.
Construction began in the summer of 2015 and was expected to be completed by the end of this year. However, Pridgen said the completion date was moved back a couple of months because of weather and construction delays.
The project is part of Dominion Virginia Power’s effort to improve electrical service reliability in Gloucester and Mathews, Pridgen said, as well as part of the utility’s comprehensive initiative aimed at improving both storm resiliency and service reliability on critical portions of its distribution system.
The line is more than 50 years old and is being replaced with better equipment, Pridgen said. Cost of the project is estimated at approximately $5 million.