PG&E Completes Replacing Underground Electric and Gas Lines in Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park Neighborhood
SANTA ROSA, Calif.— Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced the completion of the next phase in supporting customers and communities in the Santa Rosa area following the devastating wildfires in October 2017. Crews have completed building new underground electric and gas utilities in the Coffey Park neighborhood, as well as in Larkfield Estates and Mark West Estates.
The work, which entailed digging trenches, installing the cable and conduit, and pressurizing the new gas main, was completed safely and two months ahead of schedule.
“We’re pleased that we have been able to reach this important milestone for our customers in these neighborhoods in safe, timely and efficient manner. Many of our own employees live in these same areas and cities that were directly affected by the 2017 wildfires. They have been here every day helping respond and rebuild,” said John Costanza, General Construction Superintendent for PG&E’s Northern Region.
In Coffey Park, much of the underground electrical equipment, such as cables and transformers, was destroyed by the fire’s heat and needed to be replaced. In all, PG&E installed 22 miles of electric cable and built approximately 10 miles of new gas mains. Construction began on April 2 when crews began trenching more than 17 miles for all underground equipment.
“Gas service has also been restored in Coffey Park. PG&E will connect each customer, as they rebuild their home, from the old distribution main to the newly installed gas main,” added Costanza.
In Larkfield Estates and Mark West Estates, construction began in May and the trenching of more than four miles and the installation of approximately eight miles of underground electrical lines is also complete.
“PG&E has been steadfast in our commitment to help Sonoma County rebuild and recover as quickly as possible. This accomplishment is a critical component as we work toward the permanent restoration of gas and electric service for our customers,” said Robin Christensen, head of PG&E’s Northern California rebuilding team.
Restoration will continue in Coffey Park through the end of the year. Residents will see PG&E contractors repaving the streets and replacing curbs and sidewalks where PG&E construction took place. Temporary overhead lines were installed to provide residents and builders power during construction. The power poles are expected to remain in place through early 2019 to support temporary streetlighting PG&E has been providing for public safety while the City repairs its streetlights.
The temporary yard used for construction vehicles and equipment, located at Coffey and Dennis Lanes, is once again an empty field. The removal of rocks and the planting of wildflower and grass seeds were the last steps completed prior to turning the land back over to its owner.
“On behalf of PG&E, we want to thank all the residents, our customers, who live in Coffey Park, Larkfield Estates and Mark West Estates, for their patience through the construction,” added Christensen.
Coffey Park Construction by the Numbers
More than 100 gas and electric construction workers
17 miles of trench
22 miles of electric wire installed
10 miles of gas main
More than 75,000 work hours from gas and electric crews
PG&E has received more than 3,400 requests for temporary or permanent service in Sonoma County, with most of them (more than 80 percent) in Santa Rosa. Requests for service can be made through the Dedicated Customer Connections website at www.pge.com/cco. For questions, please contact PG&E at email@example.com.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.
PG&E’s Rebuilding work Moves to Two Additional Wildfire-Impacted Neighborhoods in Santa Rosa
SANTA ROSA, Calif.— As part of its Respond, Rebuild, Resilience commitment to meeting the challenges of extreme weather resulting from climate change, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced continued progress in replacing the underground electric system in neighborhoods destroyed in the devastating October 2017 wildfires. On Tuesday, May 22, crews began digging trenches for new equipment in the Mark West Estates and Larkfield Estates subdivisions of Santa Rosa.
In both subdivisions, much of the underground electrical equipment, such as cables and transformers, was destroyed during the fire due to high temperatures and needs to be replaced. As part of PG&E’s commitment to making communities more resilient, PG&E will trench more than 19,000 feet and place new cable alongside telecommunications underneath the streets.
Construction in Larkfield Estates will include installing 6,500 feet of trench in the following streets: Brighton Drive, Brighton Court, Dorchester Court, Ursuline Road, Chelsea Drive and Oxford Court.
Construction in Mark West Springs Estates includes installing approximately 13,000 feet of trench in the following streets: Pacific Heights Drive, Jean Marie Drive, Paulette Place, Newport Place, Katie Lee Way, Lost Gatos Court, Aptos Court, Londonberry Drive and Lambert Drive.
The work will be done by PG&E contractors and the equipment staging area for materials and trucks is located near the intersection of Newport and Paulette Place. Work hours are mostly Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm but is not restricted and could be extended to the weekends.
Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
PG&E has a dedicated Account Representative coordinating construction activities with builders and contractors active in all the fire footprint areas. If you are rebuilding your home in these areas and would like more information, please contact PG&E at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tara Soekland at 415-257-3401.
By October 2018, all utilities will be repaired or replaced in the neighborhood– meaning all utility construction will be complete (except for the potential build out of a sanitation collection system)- PG&E will retrench its underground electrical system and other “dry” utilities (such as Comcast, AT&T) will include their system upgrades in that same trench. This means one trench will be made in the roadway. The PG&E natural gas system was not impacted by the fire.
– PG&E is not including permanent street lighting in its new system – there will be no permanent street lights.
– PG&E services going back where they were before will be no charge. Modifications, extensions, etc may include some costs.
– PG&E will be installing services to meet the needs of 200 AMP electrical panels.
– PG&E is setting up a public information booth in our neighborhood soon – it may be located near Molsberry – stay tuned for more information.
Lights on! Our neighborhood is now re-energized. PG&E has installed and powered TEMPORARY power lines in our neighborhood – along with TEMPORARY street lights. The power will help us all rebuild.
PG&E will re-energize our neighborhood as soon as January 10, 2018. Temporary power lines have been installed. Temporary street lighting on the poles have been installed. There are temporary poles – meaning they will be removed after the underground power system is repaired.
PGE is marking trees as part of its temporary pole plan. Marking on trees with existing over-head facilities use green paint with:
P1 or P2 = remove
FPT 1 or FPT2 = prune
Marking on trees with no previous over-head facilities however PG&E will be installing temporary overhead lines with new poles use green paint with:
X = remove
P = side pruning
T = top pruning
PG&E will be placing temporary power lines in our neighborhood starting January 2018. This will allow for rebuilding efforts on each property.