As approved by the City Commission and TCL&P Board, TCL&P will begin its Transmission Line Reconductor project as outlined in the 2014 Six Year Capital Improvements Plan (CIP). The project will begin in fiscal year 2015-16 and will reconductor/rebuild existing 69kV transmission lines to bring circuits to the current day standards.
TCL&P will begin with the Hall to Gray Substation Transmission Line Upgrade. This line currently runs along Wayne Street and through the Hickory Meadows/Hills area and was selected as the highest priority, and line in most need of reconductoring/rebuilding, as it is the oldest line on TCL&P’s system with poles and conductors at 55 years of age.
Although approved in the 2014 CIP, TCL&P staff will need to design the project, seek customer input, and receive TCL&P Board approval prior to moving forward. A letter was sent to Slabtown Neighborhood residents and the Recreational Authority Board in June 2014 detailing the project process. To review that letter, click here.
Tentatively, the schedule in reaching a Board decision on this capital improvement item is as follows:
- June 11, 2014 – TCL&P Board is anticipated to take formal action to approve the Six Year Capital Plan. (NOTE: This meeting is on a Wednesday and will be held at TCL&P’s Service Center located at 1131 Hasting Street. All Board meetings start at 5:15 p.m.)
- June 24, 2014 – At the TCL&P Board Meeting (Commission Chambers), a presentation of the need for the transmission line and the need for its upgrade will be presented by GRP Engineering. GRP Engineering is the same firm that designed the different options in 2008. The Board will be asked to give its consensus on moving forward with upgrading the line at this meeting.
- Month of July 2014 – TCL&P staff will meet with the City of Traverse City, Slabtown Neighborhood representatives, and Recreational Authority Board members to discuss the project and any viable alternative options.
- Months of August & September 2014 – Contract engineers will prepare preliminary engineering work including estimated costs for each option to upgrade the transmission line.
- October 14, 2014 – TCL&P Board presentation of all options/costs/project history will be presented and open for discussion, including public comments.
- October 21, 2014 – Possible TCL&P Board study session to answer remaining questions and/or continue with Board and public discussions.
October 28, 2014 – TCL&P will have on its agenda a staff recommendation included in a project authorization request for its consideration of approval.