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Buried line makes way for overhead retirement

If you’re living in a neighborhood with underground cable supplying your electricity, you get used to the scenery around you not being disrupted by overhead power lines and poles. Fortunately, underground lines have become the industry norm, especially in more densely populated areas such as Bismarck.

A stretch of overhead distribution line along 43rd Avenue, reaching from the Boulder Ridge development to Highway 83, has been retired and replaced by underground line. Capital Electric Cooperative (CEC) buried the line this summer,  and the overhead was dismantled
during the last week of September. In conjunction with the retirement, CEC removed the line spanning Highway 83.

Operations Supervisor Rick Dressler explains why the conversion to underground makes sense. “Besides being more reliable than overhead line, the underground line will allow for future development of 43rd Avenue. In addition, by removing the line that spanned Highway 83, we have made it a safer intersection for everyone.”

This project is a good example of how CEC demonstrates a commitment to community and to its members by investing in reliable and safe electric facilities.


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