Puget Sound Energy to start work on replacing lattice utility towers

Photo by Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun Puget Sound Energy will begin work next week to replace the 45-year-old lattice utility towers (upper center). Work on the Bainbridge side, pictured, will start the week of Aug. 11.
Photo by Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun
Puget Sound Energy will begin work next week to replace the 45-year-old lattice utility towers (upper center). Work on the Bainbridge side, pictured, will start the week of Aug. 11.

Starting as early as next week, Puget Sound Energy will begin work to replace the lattice utility towers on each side of the Agate Pass – the only two lines serving Bainbridge Island.

Construction will begin first as early as next week on the Squamish side and will start on the Bainbridge side the week of Aug. 11, Puget Sound Energy Project Manager Barry Lombard said.

Lombard said the two new brown weathered steel monopoles arrived Tuesday and the anchor bolts would arrive Wednesday.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of October, if not sooner, Lombard said.

The estimated cost to remove the existing 45-year-old towers and replace them is $3.5 million to $4.5 million. The cost is approximately $500,000 less than previously estimated, Lombard said.

The new monopoles will stand 140-feet tall out of the ground – 10 feet taller than the current lattice towers. The monopoles will remain the current 115 kilovolts with each tower carrying three wires each.

Photo by Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun Puget Sound Energy will replace the old lattice utility towers with 10 feet taller brown weathered steel monopoles.
Photo by Ethan Fowler / Special to the Kitsap Sun Puget Sound Energy will replace the old lattice utility towers with 10 feet taller brown weathered steel monopoles.
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Ethan Fowler has more than 20 years of journalism experience with 19 years of daily and weekly newspaper experience covering news, features and sports, as well as being an editor for 14 of those years. He has won several writing awards over the years in Washington state, Virginia, Texas and Georgia, including award-winning investigative journalism. Fowler was paid by the Review & Herald Publishing Association in 2009 to co-author a book, "Brushed Back: The Story of Trevor Bullock," with his wife. The book details the real life of a top minor league pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization and his Christian faith. "Brushed Back" has sold more than 2,000 copies since its release.