Though the sidewalks are poured and Water Street repaved, the PUD’s work on the downtown project is just ramping up. From August of 2018 until May 2019 we are going to be busy pulling wire and connecting buildings and businesses to new underground electrical service between the ferry terminal and Taylor Street. We’ll also be taking down the old overhead service: removing wires, transformers, and eventually the power poles too.
Work will be ongoing for many months, but interruptions to local businesses, residents, and visitors will be minimal. PUD or contractor vehicles will occupy limited numbers of parking spaces for short times. Work will generally be confined to earlier morning hours and will be completed in 4 phases:
In each phase connections to new underground electrical service will require planned power outages and will be performed on a customer by customer basis. Each outage is anticipated to last between two and six hours. The PUD will give plenty of notice and will, when possible, work with specific businesses, building owners, or residents to determine the most acceptable hours for service interruptions.
For more information on the project, you can also visit the City of Port Townsend’s website: cityofpt.us/publicworks/project/water-street-enhancement-project