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CL&P Upgrade Project Gets Underway In Stamford's South End

An electrical system upgrade is underway in Stamford. Photo Credit: File
An electrical system upgrade is underway in Stamford. The above map shows where the improvements will take place. Click the link in the article for a closer look. Photo Credit: CL&P

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut Light & Power is taking another step toward improving system reliability to southwestern Connecticut as it begins work on the Stamford Reliability Cable Project, according to a press release.

This project is the latest in a series of upgrades to the electric system aimed at meeting growing customer demand for electricity in the Stamford area.

“The Stamford Reliability Cable Project will address the growing demand for electricity in a city that is experiencing substantial economic growth,” Vice President of Transmission Project Engineering & Maintenance for Northeast Utilities Laurie Foley said in a statement. “This work is an important part of a long-range plan, started in 2001, to relieve previously constrained power flows into the region.”

The upgrade includes the installation of a new underground transmission line extending 1.5 miles between two CL&P substations in Stamford, which will improve reliability and functionality at the substations, the press release said.

The project route will exit the South End Substation on Pacific Street, cross over Dock Street properties and continue to Canal Street, South State Street, North State Street, crossing under I-95 to East Main Street, Crystal Street, Culloden Road, Scott Place, crossing under the Metro-North Railroad to Lincoln Avenue, and ending at the Glenbrook Substation.

Improvements to those substations will be accomplished within the existing fence lines with no expansion required. Once complete, the project will provide an additional path for the flow of electricity while improving reliability of the high voltage grid serving the Stamford area.

CL&P worked closely with the City of Stamford to identify the best route for this transmission improvement with the least possible impacts to residents, businesses and motorists. The project route also carefully avoids the Stamford Urban Transitway, the city’s recent roadway improvement project between East Main and Atlantic streets.

In addition to supporting the city’s economic growth, this project will also create new jobs during construction and generate significant new tax revenue to the city once it is complete later this year.

Click here for more information on the project .

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