Pole Road Project Update: Underground cable project to improve Ocracoke electric service passes the halfway point

By on February 19, 2019

(Photo Credit: Tideland EMC)

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Feb. 19, 2020: As of yesterday, 5,500’ of cable has been installed, which is 600’ past the halfway point. Tideland Electric Membership Corporation (Tideland EMC) crews are currently installing cable through the large washed over area.

Portions of Pole Road remain open for off-road vehicle vehicle access. Drivers should exercise caution in this area due to potential soft areas as the sand continues to settle. Before the end of the week, the entrance to Pole Road will be closed as the cable reel moves closer to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

Tideland EMC’s project will improve reliability of electric service to Ocracoke Island by placing a power line under Pole Road and removing the overhead power lines. Erosion at the south end of Hatteras Island and washouts along Pole Road have increased enough in recent years that the integrity and reliability of the overhead line are at risk. Pole Road will continue to serve as an off-road vehicle route after the project is completed.

 

 


Underground cable project to improve Ocracoke electric service

(Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

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DEC. 9, 2019: Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) has issued a Special Use Permit to Tideland Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) for a project that will improve the reliability of electric service to Ocracoke Island. The project will replace an overhead pole line with an underground cable along Pole Road in Hatteras. It is expected to begin in January 2020, with construction estimated to take about two months.

The overhead pole line, which runs 1.75 miles along Seashore property near the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum to the south end of Hatteras Island, is being replaced with an underground cable because the erosion at the south end of the island and washouts along Pole Road have increased enough in recent years that the integrity and reliability of the overhead line are at risk. The power line is the sole source of electricity to the 1,385 electrical customers on Ocracoke Island.

Public access along sections of Pole Road will be periodically impacted during this important project. However, the construction will be completed in four segments to ensure beach access is available for visitor enjoyment. Detour routes for each segment will be published on the Seashore’s beach access web page.

After the underground cable is installed, the existing overhead line will be removed, which will allow the present line route to return to its natural vegetative state. Pole Road will continue to serve as an off-road vehicle route after the project is completed.


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