Upgrades to overhead electricity distribution network along Trail Street to result in planned disruptions, Essential Energy confirms

Upgrades to the overhead electricity distribution network along Trail Street will result in planned disruptions this month.

It comes after local crews attended Trail Street on Monday morning to begin works.

Essential Energy regional manager Sarah Roche said local crews would complete a variety of upgrade and maintenance work between Kincaid and Johnston streets to further strengthen the electricity network.

“Local crews will replace 400 metres of existing low voltage powerline with more robust aerial bundled cable, upgrade existing network protection equipment, complete a variety of pole-top maintenance tasks and replace individual service connections, as required,” she said.

“To minimise the impact on customers we’ll be using “live line” techniques to work on the electricity network while it is still energised and bring in additional crew members from Coolamon and Junee to assist local teams to complete the work in the shortest timeframe.

Two planned power outages will be necessary this month to provide crews with safe access to the electricity network.

In a statement, Essential Energy said affected customers would be contacted and should only experience a single outage as part of the project.

“Changes to local traffic and pedestrian arrangements will be necessary in Trail Street as part of the project and will be undertaken by an accredited specialist to minimise inconvenience to motorists and ensure the safety of employees, contractors and the community,” the statement reads.

It is anticipated that the project will be completed by late March 2018.