Reconductoring Project, Up and Running Two Months Early

By Virginia Limmiatis

National Grid’s electric transmission project team has a lot to be proud of these days. The GE – Geres Lock #8 Reconductoring Project, that began construction in summer 2019, returned to service – safely and successfully – two months ahead of schedule.

The approximately seven-mile, 115kV electric transmission line project involved replacing existing conductor and select transmission structures, running through several Onondaga County municipalities, to improve the safety and reliability of the company’s electricity assets and to meet the needs of Central New York customers.

The team faced a number of challenges along the way including numerous highways, railroad and lake outlet crossings, significant underground utility congestion in the company’s right-of-way and coordinating with a connecting customer, among many other hurdles.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of many individuals, they hit the mark earlier than expected. The construction team led by project manager, Trish O’Kay; transmission line supervisor, Ryan Crandall; and transmission engineer, Pauline Bassil, anticipated a spring 2020, construction completion.

This is the company’s second Aluminum Conductor Composite Reinforced project in upstate New York. The ACCR is lightweight which allowed the team to replace fewer structures during the installation.