Underground electric cable replacement program in Geneva, Ill., to bolster service reliability

(UI) — The city of Geneva, Illinois, is set to improve the reliability of its electric service by undertaking an underground cable replacement project slated to commence in March, Shaw Local News Network reported.

This initiative, part of the 2023-24 underground electric replacement program, will focus on areas including Geneva Drive, spanning from the east entrance of Manchester Course to Kirk Road, and South Third Street, encompassing James and Fourth streets within downtown Geneva. As outlined in a recent city news release, planned power outages will be necessary during the project's execution.

Preemptive notifications will be issued by the city ahead of any service disruptions, with construction expected to reach substantial completion by Friday, November 1. Landscape restoration efforts are scheduled to wrap up by the end of November, weather permitting.

The commencement of utility locates is slated for Monday, March 4, along Geneva Drive, with construction activities kicking off the subsequent week. Meade Electric, the city's appointed contractor, will employ directional boring techniques to install new conduit through utility easements, followed by the threading of electric cable through the conduit.

Operations by Meade Electric on South Third Street are scheduled to commence the week of March 11 and proceed intermittently until November, with no requirement for boring in the downtown area. During crew presence, temporary closures of sidewalks and parking spaces will be implemented as necessary, according to city directives.

Alongside the underground cable replacement, the city will undertake the replacement of an electric pole located at 215 James St. as part of the comprehensive project scope.

This story was originally published by Shaw Local News Network.

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