On Friday, September 30th Atlantic City Electric held a meeting with Avalon Borough officials to discuss the next phase of its energy improvement and resiliency project for the 7 Mile Beach. Atlantic City Electric discussed a new project that will result in two additional distribution feeders in the Borough. These additional feeders will lessen impacts shall power outages occur, shorten the feeder lengths, provide more switching options in our community, and eliminate the requirement of a feed coming from Middle Township.
Atlantic City Electric provided graphical depictions of the new feeders that will be provided to the Borough of Avalon. They are identified in north end of Avalon in the color light blue and is referred to as the “Ocean Feeder”. The second feeder appears in dark red at the southern portion of Avalon and is referred to as the “Hereford Feeder”. The colored feeder areas show the extent to where the feeders will serve; construction work is only planned on the east side of Dune Drive in the feeder area.
Atlantic City Electric will conduct this work in two phases. The Hereford Feeder will be constructed from January, 2017 and conclude before summer. The Ocean Feeder will be constructed from January, 2018 and conclude before summer. Work is weather-dependent and will be done only when conditions are safe to do so. The work zones for this project are as follows: Hereford Feeder, the east side of Dune Drive between 61st Street and 80th Street; the Ocean Feeder on the east side of Dune Drive from 34th Street to 61st Street.
These work zones currently have wooden energy distribution poles that distribute energy throughout the community. The metal poles that were installed in 2016 along the east side of Ocean Drive are energy transmission poles that carry higher voltages. The improvements being made include a pole for pole replacement of the 45 foot wooden distribution poles along the east side of Dune Drive in these two zones with 55 foot wood poles. These poles will have two decks for cabling; the second deck is added to provide clearance between the cabling and to prevent the “galloping” of cables in strong gusty winds which can compromise energy reliability. All street lights will be replaced during this project on the east side of Dune Drive.
This will be a much less intrusive project than the steel pole program along Ocean Drive. The new poles will be located adjacent to the existing wood poles with impact to sidewalks or property that exists in the public right of way. The old wood poles will be removed as part of this resiliency and reliability project. The poles will be the same height and provide a uniform look. The Borough of Avalon is in discussions with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities over options that exist regarding the new lighting. There will be very minor interruptions of power on a block where the new pole is being installed; no Borough-wide power outages are necessary for this project.
Additional information will be provided by the Borough and Atlantic City Electric as this project moves forward. A public presentation on the project will occur before the Avalon Borough Council on Wednesday, October 26th, at 7:00pm at Avalon Borough Hall.