The new electrical substation under construction this week. ISLANDER PHOTO BY MATT MITTERHOFF

Power substation progresses



BAR HARBOR — Work on the new electrical power substation under construction at the site of the former funeral home on Prospect Avenue and Route 3 is expected to be complete by December, said officials of power company Emera Maine.

When complete, the concrete facility will have a façade designed to look like a traditional carriage house, with white clapboard siding and black trim. The landscape design also aims to help it blend in with the neighborhood.

A rendering of the planned clapboard design for the electrical substation on Prospect Avenue. PHOTO COURTESY OF EMERA MAINE

A rendering of the planned clapboard design for the electrical substation on Prospect Avenue. PHOTO COURTESY OF EMERA MAINE

Much of the work in the last couple of weeks has been in the southeast corner of the lot, said Steve Sloan of Emera.

“Everything at the station itself, entering and exiting the station, is underground,” he said. Many of the underground cables and connections go away from Eden Street, down the slope toward West Street extension. “They transition from underground to overhead here.”

One of the large green padmount transformers currently in use in the transmission and distribution system is located near that corner.

“It was convenient to use that transformer as a point to bring many of the connections forward,” Sloan said, because some of the equipment was already underground.

Once the new substation comes online, the transformer will be removed.

Work on utility lines on the Eagle Lake Road continues and should be finished by September, Sloan said. Utility work along the section of Route 3 affected by the upcoming road reconstruction will begin after a Maine Department of Transportation contractor completes clearing and other preparatory work.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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