Warbass Way traffic returns to normal until July 11

Posted July 1, 2022 at 5:18 pm by

OPALCO has tem­porar­i­ly halt­ed work on its War­bass Way util­i­ty pole replace­ment project for the Fourth of July hol­i­day week, accord­ing to the Town of Fri­day Harbor.

As a result, War­bass Way has reopened to all traf­fic until next Mon­day, July 11. The Town expects the project will con­tin­ue through Thurs­day, July 21.

The project is adding capac­i­ty and resilien­cy to the OPAL­CO’s San Juan Island pow­er sys­tem, accord­ing to co-op spokesper­son Suzanne Olson.

“These sys­tem improve­ments are part of OPALCO’s reg­u­lar main­te­nance pro­gram and an oppor­tu­ni­ty to upgrade the capac­i­ty of the line in prepa­ra­tion for the future,” Olson says. “With the ten new poles in place and larg­er wire size, OPALCO crews will be able to cre­ate new loop feeds and redun­dan­cy for greater reli­a­bil­i­ty and faster recov­ery dur­ing out­ages. Because of the ter­rain and loca­tion of oth­er util­i­ties in the area, it’s not fea­si­ble to move these facil­i­ties underground.”

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