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Despite a rather unfortunate launch of the installation of their new Alsea Bay power transmission support towers, Central Lincoln PUD is managing to finish the half million dollar job just about on time. Last week a crane boom collapsed while trying to lift the second set of support towers into place, sending the boom and the towers crashing into the bay. Axis Cranes based in Sherwood cleaned up the wreckage and had another larger crane rushed to Waldport to begin finishing the job.
Tuesday, the crane, with a connection crew working high off the bay, finished connecting the lines that will now begin providing power from CLPUD Newport south to Waldport and Yachats.
No one was injured in last week’s accident and any extra costs were covered by Axis Crane’s liability insurance. Power to Waldport and affected areas to the south was provided by re-routing power from CLPUD through a small utility company to the east. When the Alsea Bay circuit is finally reactivated, the area will get a more direct connection. CLPUD Public Information Officer Chris Chandler said the old wood support towers were about a half-century old and were quite eligible for retirement.