Chugach Electric Girdwood Downed Line Update
The downed phase of the 115-kilovolt transmission line has been lifted above the roadway, allowing the Seward Highway to be re-opened.
Corrosion apparently weakened a pair of anchor rods supporting guy wires, causing the rods to break. The loss of the guy wires caused the wooden pole holding the wire to break, allowing the conductor to sag near the ground. At least one truck hit the wire.
A boom truck is currently holding the de-energized conductor up in the air. Chugach and contractor crews will be working throughout the day to set a replacement pole and new anchors.
The transmission line is de-energized between Indian and Girdwood, but no customers are out of power. Chugach is feeding power to Indian from the north, and serving customers up to and including Girdwood from generation resources on the Kenai Peninsula.
10:16 a.m. -- Upon further analysis, it appears a couple of customer locations north of Girdwood may be out of power as a result of the line that fell this morning. A crew is on the way to investigate.
Posted: November 19, 2013