Providence supervisor helps restore scenic coastline
Photographs of Sachuest Point at different stages of the project courtesy of Andrea Hansen Photography
Adam Silveira, a longtime operations engineer and now an underground operations supervisor out of Providence, received recognition for his role in a major project that buried overhead lines at scenic Sachuest Point in Middletown, RI. The honors came from the non-profit organizations and federal agency that arranged for the funding of the undergrounding. The project spanned nearly five years and cost approximately $1.2 million.
The purpose of the venture was simple: to restore the historic coastline views celebrated by residents and visitors, alike. Not only has the coastline been improved, but an overhead line system battered from years of coastal weather and erosion has been replaced by newer, more reliable underground lines.
This isn’t the first time Adam has been involved in a multimillion dollar undergrounding project. The Sachuest Point work was a byproduct of another utility burial project along the Ocean Drive in Newport, which began in 2005 and finished around 2012. In total, he has been working on these two projects for approximately 12 years. Combined, the projects cost an estimated $2.3 million.
On Friday, May 12, The Aquidneck Land Trust, Preserve Rhode Island, The Preservation Society of Newport County, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service held a celebratory event marking the near-completion of the project. For his role as lead supervisor on the project, Adam received a framed picture of a Sachuest Point sunset with the old pole line in the foreground.
“Anytime we can feasibly move lines underground in areas that are prone to storm conditions, it not only improves reliability, but often beautifies the area, which is the case here,” said Adam. “It was a win-win situation.”