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Power lines being replaced

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Dominion Virginia Power is replacing electric cable under Urbanna Creek and 2 miles of overhead power lines between Urbanna Creek and Cooks Corner. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Tom Chillemi

Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) has been working on a “reliability project, proactively replacing the aging submarine cable that runs parallel with the bridge across Urbanna Creek,” reported Bonita Billingsley Harris, media and community relations manager for DVP.

Harris said the job should be completed by the end of January, weather permitting. There will be no outages while the submarine cable work is being done because power can be switched to an alternate source.  

In addition, DVP is working on a project in the area from the south end of the Newman (Urbanna) Bridge along Urbanna Road to Cooks Corner. It covers approximately 2 miles of overhead line. “The goal is improving load capacity in preparation of the future (proposed) Rosegill subdivision,” said Harris. “Currently, there are close to 500 residents in that area that will benefit from these line improvements and we expect that number to grow when the Rosegill subdivision starts development.”

Harris said there will be a planned outage to convert the line on this project once the construction work is complete. Letters will be mailed to the affected customers informing them of the outage date, alternate outage date (if inclement weather occurs on the first date), and the expected duration of the planned outage once DVP is at that point in the project.“This project should be completed sometime in the first quarter of 2014 with weather being a huge factor for the planned outage portion,” she said. 

(Editor’s note: Only one parcel of Rosegill, located on the north side of Urbanna Road near the bridge, has been approved for residential construction. The site plan approval occurred in 2008, but no houses have been constructed due to the unfavorable economic conditions, reported the developer, Diane Cox Basheer.)

posted 12.31.2013

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