Martin West to Williston NorthNew wires are being installed on existing structures to add capacity to enhance the ability of Duke Energy and other utilities in the area to provide more reliable energy and also help reduce the risk of power outages. The project also involves the installation of new poles at the mid-point between the existing structures to support the new line. Construction will be completed during the third quarter of 2024 followed by several months of restoration.
Archer to WillistonNew transmission structures were installed in the 3-mile corridor in 2020 to accommodate a second 230-kV transmission line. Remaining work on the north end and south end on of the line will be completed the first quarter of 2024 followed by restoration activities.
The projects described above are needed to support the Williston to Bronson New Transmission Line and Substation Project.
Help meet current and long-term energy demand in the region
Strengthen system reliability by adding needed capacity to serve growing communities
Help minimize the risk of power outages
Learn about the importance of transmission infrastructure and how it plays a vital role in powering our communities.
Learn about easements and what’s deemed appropriate use of the property.
See why it’s important to keep easement areas free and clear of any vegetation.
As Florida's population grows, so do its energy needs. The transmission system is used by all utilities in the state and their customers. The new transmission line and substation will strengthen reliability to meet the growing demand and will help enhance the ability of Duke Energy and neighboring utilities to provide safe and reliable energy to homes, community facilities and businesses in Levy County and surrounding areas.
- The new lines will be built on single concrete or steel poles, about 90 to 110 feet tall.
With a stronger electric grid, this project will benefit customers served by Central Florida Electric Cooperative and the city of Williston, as well as Duke Energy customers in Levy County. The project will add needed capacity to support increasing demand for electricity for growing communities in the region and will help minimize the risk and duration of customer outages.
If an easement is needed on private property, a Duke Energy real estate representative will contact the landowner to discuss the easement acquisition process, the location of poles and wires, and potential compensation for an easement.
Probably the most noticeable portion of construction is vegetation clearing and grading, which is the earliest step. The right of way must be clear during the construction process. Workers also may build access roads during this phase. Crews will then begin the process of pouring structure foundations and installing structures. Neighbors can expect large trucks with drilling equipment or a concrete mixer in the right of way. The concrete is poured at the bottom of a deep hole to form the foundation. The structure materials arrive in sections and may be assembled on the ground before being installed. The final construction activity is wire stringing. Trucks carrying large reels of conductor are typically used with a winch to pull the conductor through. Linemen attach the wires to the structures. Later, crews install “ground rods” to the structures. Homeowners’ power is typically not affected when the line is energized.
- Following the installation of poles and wires, our crews work on the final project phase which is restoration. This work may include leveling, seeding and laying straw on affected areas. Construction materials and debris will be removed, and the right of way will be restored as closely as possible to its original condition. Trees and vegetation removed before construction are not replaced. Periodic vegetation management is done to keep the easement free of incompatible vegetation.
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