The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) announces the beginning of a major capital improvement project to increase reliability to customers living in the Brownsville Country Club (BCC) area.
The purpose of this project is to replace underground primary electrical cable. In some cases, the cable is as much as 40 years old. Over time, these cable degrade, and this can have a direct impact on electrical service reliability in that area. Replacing the aging cable will ensure greater electrical reliability for the BCC area for years to come.
The infrastructure improvement project will be conducted in 23 sections. Work began Nov. 15 in the area of San Marcelo Boulevard, Cuba Street and Habana Street. These streets, which comprise sections 1 and 2, are estimated to be completed by mid-January 2017. Once these initial sections are completed, crews will continue to work by section in a sequential order until all work is finished.
BPUB crews will use different types of machinery, most notably boring machines, to remove and put the new cable in place. The boring machines allow BPUB to create tunnels for the cable to be placed. During this project, it will be necessary for BPUB crews to work on customers’ property. All customers who will be affected will be notified at least one day in advance before crews work on their property.
Some residents in the area may experience short periods without electrical service while crews replace sections of underground power cable. To minimize outage time, crews will conduct all work preparations, including underground bores and cable run layout, before outages begin. Any outages are estimated to last between 10 minutes and one hour.
Crews are currently working on Section nine (9) of the capital improvements project. Approximately 200 residents living in Section nine (Cuba Street to the north, Habana Street to the east, Ruben M. Torres Boulevard to the south and San Marcelo Boulevard to the west) may experience short periods without electrical service while crews replace sections of underground power cable. To minimize outage time, crews will conduct all major work preparations, including underground bores and cable installations, before outages begin. Any outages are estimated to last between 10 and 30 minutes.BPUB apologizes for inconveniences these service upgrades may cause. Project updates can be found on the BPUB website through the duration of the project. For updates on service outages, please visit the BPUB Facebook or Twitter page. Please call (956) 983- 6300 or visit the BPUB website at www.brownsville-pub.com to report service outages.