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Small portion of Captiva to receive underground power lines

By Staff | Feb 17, 2016

The power pole that has been struck twice on Captiva will be removed sending the power lines underground.

LCEC Director of Electrical Operations Rick Fusion attended the Feb. 9 Captiva Community Panel meeting to discuss the issue they have had at the s-curve on Captiva.

Earlier last year an automobile accident took the pole out, which according to Fusion was the first time it had happened as far as he can remember. Unfortunately the same thing happened again this year with a different vehicle. The single automobile accident took the same pole out causing another outage.

“After that happened we started looking at what we could do to resolve that situation. So, what we have come up with is we decided around that s-curve to go underground for the line there,” Fusion said.

The work will entail going underground at the very first pole through the s-curve to the other side. Fusion said they have secured a permit with the county to do the directional work. He said he also spoke with the property owner at the s-curve and had verbally reached an agreement.

The pole that keeps getting struck will disappear once the work is completed.

Fusion also touched on the outages that occur on Captiva. He said LCEC tries to keep the vegetation trimmed to prevent external influences causing power outages, as well as the system maintained and maintenance on the power line.

“There’s interruption because something makes contact with the power line,” he said.

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