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Providing the best internet available throughout the beautiful Tahuya River Valley area!
The Tahuya River Valley Project is a dual purpose project which will upgrade the electric distribution system and replace poles increasing the safety and reliabiltiy of the electric grid in conjunction with the installation of a new fiber optic network to allow for access to high-speed internet services in the Tahuya River Valley area. It is part of a grant the PUD received from the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB 1) to extend fiber to this unserved area.
Customers should be prepared for construction activity, increased road traffic, possible lane closures, and noise. The PUD will be using a contractor for the project, so residents may notice work vehicles that do not have the familiar PUD logo on them. However, rest assured, PUD employees will be on-site overseeing the activities at each step of the way. We do ask residents to practice safe driving and social distancing around construction zones for worker safety. During construction, there may be a need to take short outages to ensure the line workers’ safety. If that is necessary affected customers will be notified in advance.
Letters have also been sent to customers prior to work starting to give them notification of this upcoming work.
The work is expected to begin in September of 2020 and is estimated to be completed by February 1, 2021. After the electrical and fiber have been installed, PUD engineers will have some work to complete before customers can begin signing up for fiber/broadband services and we'll be in touch with next steps as soon as it is available.
Since this is part of a grant the PUD was awarded to extend its fiber optic network to an underserved area, the PUD must use a contractor to fulfill the grant's requirements. The contractor who successfully wins the bid will be performing both electrical and fiber work but will be overseen by PUD personnel.
The project combines two fiberhoods: Tahuya River Bridge and Tahuya River Valley. Total number of parcels that will have fiber available is 458 at completion of the project.