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Page A-8 - Mason County Journal- Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 New lines at Lake Cushman PUD: Work begins on $400,O00project By NATALIE JOHNSON natedie@masoncoun corn Mason County PUD 3 crews began a proj- ect this week to replace 9,000 feet of under- ground power lines in the Lake Cushman area dating back to 1968. The project began Tuesday, and is esti- mated to take three to five weeks and cost $350,000 to $400,000. The lines provide pow- er to 325 PUD 3 customers. The lines were damaged Feb. 16 during a storm. At 6:40 p.m. that night, a tree fell on overhead power lines at milepost 7 on state Route 119, also known as North Lake Cush- man Road, knocking out power to 500 cus- tomers. The lines were repaired in three hours, but lineman had trouble re-energizing the lines, according to the utility. PUD and Lake Cushman Maintenance Co. crews hand-dug a trench to temporar- ily repair 40 feet of underground cable. The cable was likely damaged by a power surge from the tree falling on the overhead line, said Terry Peterson, PUD 3 director of en- gineering. Now, more extensive repairs to the 46 year-old power lines are necessary, accord- ing to the utility. PUD crews will replace 9,000 feet, or nearly 2 miles, of underground power cable between Skokomish Park and Lake Cush- man Divisions 2, 3 and 4. Crews plan to install an additional conduit for communications and system monitoring and control. All of the new underground lines will be in a protective conduit, according to the utility. PUD 3 Manager Annette Creekpaum said the utility is using a generator to keep area customers' water pumps working at the PUD 3 Board of Commissioners' regular meeting Tuesday. Creekpaum said the materials to complete the work will cost about $100,000, and said most of the material they need is in stock. "It's quite a large, expensive work order," she said. "I'm sure we'll be successful and have that fixed in a timely manner." The lines are in an isolated area, which could complicate the project, according to the utility. Much of the material for the project will need to be delivered to the site by hand or using all-terrain vehicles, because the PUD's line trucks are not able to reach the area. PUD customers might experience some short outages during the project, and the utility recommends that customers use surge protectors to protect electronics. For more information, call PUD 3 opera- tions manager Scott Peterson at 426-8255, .... : ; ..... ' Photo courtesy PUD3 Mason County PUD 3 and Lake Cushman Maintenance Co. crews hand-dug a trench to temporarily repair 40 feet of underground cable after a storm Feb. 16. This week, PUD crews began a project to replace nearly 2 miles of damaged 46-year-old underground power line. ,o . ext. 3233.  ' ..C,%:.w','o','-' and 4%e ca, bleswele  afterstorm,:. !6, Graphic courtesy of Mason County PUD 3 Mason County PUD 3 crews began a project this week to replace nearly 2 miles of underground power cables at Lake Cushman between Skokomish Park and Lake Cushman Divisions 2, 3 I l!ii -ii li;] I lli I ;I iI i il