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Ruskin 19th Ave. Power Line Project

Tampa Electric is committed to providing safe, reliable and cost-effective electricity to you and your neighbors in the Ruskin community.

Tampa Electric plans to build a new transmission line in your neighborhood to ensure delivery of reliable electricity for the entire region. The line will run 3 miles, starting at the existing First Street Substation, 97 19th Ave. N.W. The line will run east along 19th Avenue and connect to existing transmission lines on the west side of Interstate 75. (Please see enclosed map.)

The new 69-kilovolt power line will be built on new steel poles. Most poles will be less than 75 feet tall and two feet wide at the base. At U.S. 41 and 19th Avenue, four poles will be up to 100 feet tall and 4 feet wide at the base.

Crews will trim or remove some trees before construction begins. Traffic will be temporarily disrupted during the installation of the equipment, with intermittent lane closures. Residents may hear some construction-related noise, mostly during daylight hours on weekdays. Some customers may experience brief outages as part of construction; crews will attempt to notify residents beforehand. Construction is scheduled to begin later this month and to be complete by December 2016. We urge residents to drive safely during construction for the safety of residents, vehicles and Tampa Electric crews.

If you would like to learn more about this project, please plan to attend our open house, when Tampa Electric representatives will be available to answer your questions from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, in Rooms 201-202 at Hillsborough Community College's SouthShore Campus, 551 24th St. N.E., in Ruskin.

If you cannot attend the open house but would like to learn more about the new transmission line, please call (813) 493-5312.