The summer season means that not only will road crews be conducting a number of road maintenance and improvement projects, but so will Snohomish County PUD. Summer is when their crews can be making electric system improvements and preventive maintenance projects ahead of the coming winter season.

Electric system improvement projects include construction of the new Twin City Substation in Stanwood, replacing the North Stanwood Substation enhancing power reliability to Camano Island and Stanwood. In addition, crews will install two new underground feeder circuits to help energize the new Northpoint development in the Smokey Point area.

Crews will also relocate infrastructure to serve the new Lake Stevens Costco. Another project has installation of a new transformer at the Paine Field substation, helping better serve both area residential and industrial customers.

PUD crews will extend fiber optic lines from the North Alderwood Substation to the Swamp Creek Switching Station that will necessitate overnight rolling slowdowns on both I-5 and I-405. In Monroe, crews will extend fiber optic lines from the PUD Community Office to the Qualco bio-digester ahead of installing a new PUD power generator at the site.

Summer maintenance will include replacing hundreds of aging poles and replacing dozens of aging underground cable. In Edmonds, crews will relocate transmission and distribution poles along 76th Ave. West to help with a road improvement project.

The PUD’s Vegetation Management will have a dozen crews trimming trees throughout the utility service area throughout the summer. During a typical summer, the PUD trims trees on nearly 450 circuit miles to enhance power reliability.

So this summer, not only should you drive slowly through roadwork zones, but also in areas where PUD crews are working. The road and PUD crews are all working to support your highway and power needs. Safe driving saves lives.

North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner worked more than 40 years for the National Weather Service (NWS) from 1977 to 2018. He is now an Everett Post Media team member. Together with Everett Post Weather Minute Podcasts, he provides morning and afternoon commute traffic and weather updates on both KRKO and KXA Radio, and sports reporting on KRKO.