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Modified Juneau Loop pre-construction underway

TAMPA, January 23, 2004

Tampa Electric today presented a map of its proposed Juneau Loop modification project and provided additional details on the timing of building the new line. The new route includes:

  • Poles on Kirby Street reduced to 75 feet in height (24 inches in diameter), reflecting the new “single-circuit” (138-kV) design for that road
  • Replacement of 125-foot poles on Bird and Sitka streets (east of Armenia) with 95-foot poles; replacement of the three largest-diameter (33 inch) poles along Sitka with 28-inch poles. Three 125-foot poles west of Armenia will remain.
  • One 230-kV circuit (poles 95 feet high, 24 inches in diameter) relocated to the north side of Waters Avenue, through a combination of using road rights-of-way, obtaining spot easements and relocating underground utilities

Vice President-Energy Delivery Tom Hernandez said, “This plan for a new route is still in its early stages, but already we’ve found ways to enhance the modifications we presented in our November announcement.”

Hernandez cited as an example the fact that his team of engineers found ways to eliminate the use of 125-foot poles east of Armenia Avenue, with the exception of two poles on the Juneau Substation property itself.

“As we said in November, modifying the route will require extensive coordination on the part of the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, utilities with underground facilities on Waters, and others to make it happen,” said Hernandez. He anticipates presenting more detailed information on the route for preliminary review by the Board of County Commissioners in the next several weeks.

The timeline released by the company (available at today shows three detailed phases of activity:

  • Pre-construction (present – Oct. 2004)
  • Construction (Oct. 2004 – April 2005); and
  • Post-construction (May – November 2005)

Currently, company engineers are in the early stages of the pre-construction phase, doing preliminary engineering and surveying of Waters Avenue. The final, or post-construction, phase of the project is when the removal of replaced equipment would occur. Existing distribution circuits will be transferred to the new structures, and any distribution and transmission poles no longer needed will be removed.

The Juneau Loop modification is the result of Tampa Electric’s public input process, conducted in October 2003, through which the company assessed community values related to siting of transmission equipment. Input from residents near the original route was taken into consideration, as well as from residents from potentially impacted areas. Community input was considered, along with Tampa Electric’s requirements to provide reliable and affordable electricity to its more than 600,000 customers.

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE:TE), a diversified holding company of energy-related businesses that include Peoples Gas System, TECO Power Services, TECO Transport, TECO Coal and TECO Solutions.

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