• Web extra: JEA plans for replacing Liberty Street transformer


    The actual work is scheduled for Sunday between approximately 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

    • JEA is replacing a transformer that was damaged due to the collapse of Liberty Street.
    • The collapse occurred Sunday, Feb. 1, at approximately 1 a.m.
    • The collapse of Liberty Street caused damage to JEA’s transformer, the customer’s secondary service lateral, electric service panels and the meter center.
    • JEA has been in constant contact with the property manager and the residents providing information related to restoration efforts as well as community agencies to provide assistance.
    • Due to structural concerns of the bridge along Liberty Street, a crane, which is typically used to replace transformers of this size, is not feasible.
    • JEA reviewed all viable options, taking timeframe, infrastructure, logistics and cost into consideration. Consideration also included a permanent versus temporary solution. This is a permanent solution.
    • JEA has contracted with CHI Aviation to use a helicopter
      • Company info: http://www.chiaviation.com/aboutus.html
      • The helicopter will be a Sikorsky S61N: http://chiaviation.com/S61N.html
      • The new 1000 KVA transformer weighs just over 7,000 pounds and will be airlifted from the Shipyard property once the damaged transformer is removed via helicopter.
      • JEA is coordinating this with the City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Coast Guard and the COJ Emergency Operations Center.
      • Safety precautions include:
        • A clearance zone of a minimum 150 foot radius will be enforced (see map)
        • This includes the following road closures: S. Liberty Street, Bay Street and S. Market Street and Courthouse Drive
        • Media access will be available at the staging area at the Shipyards and at the Liberty St. Location (personnel only no vehicles) See attached map.
        • Once the transformer is placed on the pad, JEA crews will secure it, wire up the primary side and install the cable. It will then be ready for the secondary service lateral from the customer’s side.
        • This work is expected to take place on Sunday, February 15, 2015. JEA is also scheduling a back-up day on Monday, February 16, 2015.  This date could also change depending on contractual issues, mechanical issues, weather, and/or safety concerns.
        • Work Hours (including preparation, staging, helicopter activity, and replacement of transformer): 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The actual time for the transformer replacement work is estimated to be 2-3 hours.
        • JEA is working closely with the property manager and the residents. See attached update to residents.

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