Report by Paula Antolini
November 14, 2017 12:30PM EDT
Eversource Transmission Line ‘Southwest Connecticut Reliability Project’ in Bethel, Danbury and Brookfield Will Be Installed, Beginning Nov. 2017
Beginning this fall, Eversource will be installing a new 3.4 mile 115-kilovolt (kV) overhead electric transmission line crossing through portions of the towns of Bethel, Danbury and Brookfield. The Project, called the Southwest Connecticut Reliability Project, is designed to enhance Eversource’s ability to reliably serve the electric demand in the southwest Connecticut area, both today and in the future.
In November 2016, Eversource received approval from the Connecticut Siting Council to construct the Project. The new line will be located entirely within Eversource’s existing transmission line right of way (power line corridor) from Plumtree Substation (near Walnut Hill Road in Bethel) to an area near Park Ridge Road in Brookfield. The Project also includes related modifications to the Plumtree Substation in Bethel and the Stony Hill Substation in Brookfield.
Construction is planned to begin in November 2017 and be completed by the end of 2018, with restoration of disturbed areas expected in spring 2019. The work is not expected to interrupt electric service in any of the affected towns.
In Bethel, the Project will be constructed along approximately 2.2 miles of right of way, crossing the following streets: Shelter Rock Road, Old Sherman Turnpike, Payne Road, Hearthstone Drive, Chimney Drive, Sky Edge Lane, Stony Hill Road (US – 6), Berkshire Boulevard and Park Lawn Drive.
Hours of construction will typically be 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Saturday. Due to unexpected weather or other circumstances, the work hours may be extended or performed on a Sunday.
Before work begins in any area, Eversource representatives will notify property owners with details about the planned work and its timing.
If you have questions about this Project, please call the Eversource Transmission Information Line at 1-800-793-2202 or email us at TransmissionInfo@eversource.com.