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LCEC Advisory: Maintenance project on island to begin in May

April 15, 2014
Special to the Reporter ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

LCEC must perform maintenance and construction on electric facilities from time to time to ensure it provides reliable power to customers all year long. It's rebuilding portions of the lines that serve the island in an effort to reduce power interruptions and strengthen the system.

In response to concerns from customers, LCEC demobilized the project until after the busy season. However, the current phase must be completed so that the electric system is not vulnerable to power interruptions that would impact nearly 3,000 customers on the island.

LCEC contract crews are scheduled to begin work again during the first week of May. Crews will work 10 hours a day Monday through Thursday to complete the next phase of the project, which is estimated to be completed by the end of the year

This phase of the project will begin on Palm Ridge Road, between Tarpon Bay and Periwinkle.

In order to minimize the impact to visitors and residents, the project was scheduled in phases and is being performed with a traffic management plan. Although this has increased the duration of the project, it does decrease the impact to traffic flow. In most instances, residents have found the traffic flow to be satisfactory. However, in certain locations such as busy intersections, traffic may be interrupted longer than usual. LCEC would like to apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause residents and visitors.

Progress of the project will be determined by the challenges and severity of storm season. Rebuilding power lines while they are energized, so that customers do not experience an outage, requires a temporary connection of the wires to the pole. It is a sensitive process. Temporary connections are prone to failure during high winds and more susceptible to damage from lightning. In addition, productivity of crews is diminished by the daily afternoon thunderstorms. An active storm season could delay the project further.

For more information or to voice concerns, call 656-2300 or visit



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