Bryan Municipal Utilities’ upcoming electric transmission line project took a step forward Tuesday as the Bryan Board of Public Affairs approved bids for equipment associated with the project.

The board approved bids of:

• $1,004,144 for a power control center, from Advanced Power Technologies, based in LaFayette, Indiana.

• $252,250 for structures, bussing and switches, from Tatman Associates, based in Cleveland.

• $151,160 for four 69 kilovolt circuit breakers, from GE/Alstom Grid, a multinational joint corporation.

The project involves rerouting about 5,000 feet of overhead 69 kilovolt transmission line.

The new 5,000-foot line will run from the Daggett Substation, located on East Wilson Street, to a new substation south of Industrial Drive. An existing 4,750-foot line is expected to ultimately be removed as a future part of the project.

Work is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

BMU had set aside $3.8 million for the entire undertaking, including the new substation.

In other action Tuesday, the board:

• Heard from BMU Director of Utilities Kevin Maynard that a directional boring project to install conduit for placement of electric primary underground cables along Fairview Drive is underway. Completion is expected by Aug. 31. Maynard also noted the water main replacement project on Townline Road is underway.

• Agreed to sign a letter from American Public Power Association to key congressional leaders urging them to remedy higher costs that American Municipal Power partner entities are paying due to sequestration of certain types of bonds.

• Heard a presentation from Maynard about the benefits of customer cooperation and power use reduction during periods of electric peak demand.

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