Part 7

One of the most tedious aspects of converting Hilton Pond Center's aerial service to underground occurred because power needed to be re-routed from a transformer pole across DeVinney Road. Since the point of the new service was to eliminate above-ground wires, Pike Electric needed to bore under the blacktop road and connect the new underground line to the transformer pole. This required a pit to be dug on either side of the road and a boring machine to dig a four-inch tunnel through which the cable could be threaded.

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Pike Electric workers used a backhoe and shovels to carefully excavate a pit on the north side of DeVinney Road so that tunnel could be bored beneath the blacktop. The work was slow-going because of buried phone and TV cable lines that already paralleled the road.
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