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Neighbors of Kane County

The City of St. Charles launches Electric Line Replacement Project

Aug 12, 2015 12:37PM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Beginning the week of Aug. 3, the City of St. Charles Electric Utility launched a project to continue to improve electric reliability. Work includes replacing some electric poles and relocating a majority of the overhead electric system to an underground electric system. The work area is bounded by Iroquois, 3rd, 2nd and Marion avenues.

The City's contractor, Archon, will perform pipe installations via directional boring. After pipe is installed, City crews will install new underground cables and equipment.  

Residents received a door hanger card notifying them of the upcoming work in the area and soon underground utilities will be marked with flags and spray paint.

While the majority of the pipe will be installed by horizontal drilling below the surface, at some locations, open pits will need to be dug. The pipe installation phase will last approximately two weeks, and City work will likely last three to four weeks. Once all the work is complete, the City will restore the landscape.

The cut over from the old system to the new system may require brief outages that will be scheduled in advance with customers in the project area. Tom Bruhl, 630-377-4407,