The first phase is mostly civil engineering work, which involves trenching on the road, and will last through November. The second phase will start shortly after the new year and will last a couple of months.
SCE will install 14 new underground vaults, three miles of underground cable and replace other underground equipment in existing parts of the system. During the second phase of the work, some customers may experience maintenance outages. SCE will communicate with affected customers well in advance so they can make appropriate arrangements.
After the civil engineering work ends in November, the trenches will be covered until the new year so traffic will not be impacted.
Â“Build-out of a new distribution circuit will help minimize the likelihood of unanticipated and extended outages in the Palm Springs community,Â” said McCullough. Â“The new system will alleviate the congestion on existing circuits, which will improve reliability."
In the next few years, SCE plans to invest billions of dollars to strengthen its territory-wide distribution grid, which serves nearly 14 million people. The work in Palm Springs is only one of many infrastructure-improvement projects that will take place.