Puget Sound Energy project

Puyallup Feeder Cable Replacement

Project Overview

Customers living in the vicinity of 39th Ave SE and Shaw Road in Puyallup have experienced frequent power outages. The frequent outages are the result of failing underground feeder cables serving the neighborhood. The cables were installed in the 1970’s and have reached the end of their lifespan. As the cables have aged, cable failures have occurred, resulting in lengthy and frequent customer outages.

PSE will replace the existing direct buried feeder cables with new, longer-lasting and more reliable, feeder cables which will be buried in conduit. Burying the new cables in corrosion-resistant PVC conduit adds an additional layer of protection from the elements as well as making future repairs easier and quicker.

Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Attend our virtual town hall meeting (via WebEx) on March 23, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. to learn more about this project. PSE project managers and staff will share details about the project, let you know what to expect during construction and provide you an opportunity to ask the project team questions.

Use the link below to join the virtual town hall meeting on March 23, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
URL: https://pse1.webex.com/pse1/onstage/g.php?MTID=eeb3265299deb235db42f92dcd0588125
Event number: 2472 335 3946
Event password: 2022

Please let us know if you’re facing barriers to participation and need accommodations to participate in the March 23 virtual town hall, or have questions on accessing the online Webex meeting. If requesting accommodations for the March 23 workshop, please email Témo Madrigal-Sanchez (Temo.Madrigal-Sanchez@pse.com) by March 18 so we may accommodate your request.


Let us know if you have any questions about this project.

General, non-construction related project questions:
Victor Alfaro
PSE Project Engineer
Victor.Alfaro@pse.com

Construction related questions:
Glen Thomas
PSE Construction Manager
Glen.Thomas@pse.com

Frequently asked questions

  • When were the cables originally installed?
    The cables were installed in the 1970’s and have reached the end of their lifespan. As the cables aged, failures have become more common, resulting in lengthy and more frequent outages.
  • Why have the cables failed so many times?
    The original cables are direct buried which means they are buried directly in the ground, not in corrosion-resistant PVC conduit. As direct buried cables age, they become more susceptible to failure caused by our wet weather, frequent storms and summer heat waves.
  • What does direct buried mean?
    The cables are buried directly in the ground. They are not encased in conduit which adds an additional layer of protection and improves reliability.
  • When will construction begin?
    We’re currently in the design phase of the project. We’re developing our work plan, obtaining the necessary permits from the city, and receiving approvals from the different agencies involved. Work will being in March 2022.
  • How long will the project take?
    This project is scheduled to last 3 months but may take longer depending upon the weather, permit approvals and availability of needed materials.
  • Will there be neighborhood disruption during construction?
    We’re committed to completing the work safely and efficiently, and our crews will do their best to minimize disruptions. There will likely be noise from trucks and heavy machinery, some street parking may be impacted, and we’ll work to maintain access to driveways whenever possible. Your natural gas service won’t be interrupted during this project.
  • Will there be outages when construction starts?
    Customers will experience occasional power outages during this project. We’ll provide impacted customers notification with information specific to their outage in advance of turning off their power so they can prepare.