About five miles of fiber infrastructure, from Lake Wenatchee State Park down Cedar Brae Road, was damaged beyond repair in last December’s storms.
Rebuilding the fiber along the south shore of Lake Wenatchee started March 25 and work finished June 7. The cost of rebuilding the line is about $525,000 and within the estimate of $495,000 to $605,000. Costs are still being gathered for the final tally. Potelco of Sumner, Wash., was the general contractor.
The work required some 30,000 feet of new fiber-optic cable and about 1,000 individual splices of the glass fiber strands that conduct data-carrying bursts of light through the network. An additional fiber data terminal was designed into the project to improve reliability and enhance the ease of future maintenance and repairs.
“We are pleased once again to provide network access to services for the south shore residents,” said Mike Coleman, PUD Fiber and Telecom managing director, noting the strong interest those residents have in accessing fast broadband services. “It is a testament to the skill and determination of PUD employees who designed and oversaw reconstruction on a very tight schedule.”
The PUD’s wholesale fiber network carries Internet, TV and phone services offered by private retail service providers.
In addition, final repair of storm damage to the main fiber line that runs over Beaver Hill will require a fiber outage from midnight to 6 a.m. on Friday, June 21.
The outage will affect all service from the Plain node to about 800 end-users on the north and south shores of Lake Wenatchee and in Plain, Ponderosa Pines, Shugart Flats, Chiwawa River Pines and along River Road.
The outage is needed so PUD crews can finish repairs on the main fiber line over Beaver Hill that was damaged in last winter’s storms.