Forest Park neighborhood concerned with above ground power source

WMECO scheduled to remove above ground transformer this summer

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Neighbors in Springfield’s historic Forest Park neighborhood are concerned about a transformer that’s in the middle of a sidewalk.

WMECo installed an above ground transformer after power outage issues last summer.  It is able to meet the growing power demands in the neighborhood.  Although, it’s not a permanent solution.   WMECo plans to install a new below ground transformer this summer, but that could leave the neighborhood without power for a full day.  WMECo Spokeswoman Pricilla Ress told 22News they’ll ask the neighbors for input before they start the project.

“The way it looks right now that underground transformer will be going in, in August.  Is that when you want the job to be scheduled or should we wait to get out of the heat wave season and then do it then,” said WMECo spokeswoman Priscilla Ress.

Ress told 22News that WMECo had to speak to the local neighborhood associations and the city council before getting permits to put in a new underground transformer.

Just down the street from the transformer is this broken light pole.  A driver smashed into the pole a few weeks ago.  That is scheduled to be fixed this week.

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