neighborhood-projects

Working in Your Neighborhood

Our crews are working to improve resiliency and reliability

To help keep you informed when our work crews will be in your neighborhood, this web page includes information about some of our larger projects that may be occurring in your area.

TEP crews work year-round to strengthen our local energy grid by inspecting, repairing, and upgrading the lines, poles and other equipment throughout our service territory, which covers 1,155 square miles.

Tucson Electric Power: Grid Improvements for More Reliable Service

Grid Improvements for More Reliable Service

TEP’s proposed projects are designed to enhance our local energy grid while preparing for our community’s future energy needs.
Downtown
New Overhead Line Upgrade
General Area: W. 6th St. & N. Church Ave.
Expected Duration: December 2020 – January 2021

Description: Crews will be working overhead upgrading equipment and lines and adding new equipment to support a nearby substation.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control or lane closures, parking restrictions and some noise are possible. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Mostly daytime work with some possible evening and weekend work required.
Project boundaries are confirmed. Click image below to enlarge
Eastside
Harrison Substation – Phase 1 Overhead Distribution Work
General Area: N. Harrison Road & E. Speedway Blvd.
Expected Duration: November – December 2020

Description: Crews will be working on overhead lines to support additional capacity provided by a newly-built substation in the area. This work will allow our local energy grid to support the increased energy needs of the community, including rooftop solar, and strengthen our system’s resiliency for improved safety and reliability.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures, parking restrictions and some noise are possible. Essential power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance.
Project boundaries are confirmed. Click image below to enlarge
Eastside
Harrison Substation – Phase 2 Overhead Distribution Work
General Area: N. Harrison Road & E. Broadway Blvd.
Expected Duration: November-December 2020

Description: Crews will be working on overhead lines to support the additional capacity provided by a newly-built substation in the area. This work will allow our local energy grid to support the increased energy needs of the community, including rooftop solar, and strengthen our system’s resiliency for improved safety and reliability.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures, parking restrictions and some noise. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance.
Project boundaries are confirmed. Click image below to enlarge
Eastside
Transformer Replacement Program (Rolling Hills)
General Area: Rolling Hills Neighborhood (Camino Seco & 29th St.)
Expected Duration: January-December 2020

Description: Crews are replacing approximately 100 transformers for increased safety and service reliability.

Possible Impacts: Traffic control, lane closures and some noise can be expected. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Mostly daytime work with some possible evening and weekend work required.
Project boundaries are tentative. Click image below to enlarge
Foothills
Underground Cable Replacement
General Area: Craycroft & Territory
Expected Duration: October-November 2020

Description: Crews are upgrading existing underground cables to support the increased energy needs of the community, including rooftop solar, and strengthen our system’s resiliency for improved safety and reliability.

Possible Impacts: Some noise can be expected. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Mostly daytime work with some possible evening and weekend work required.
Project boundaries are tentative. Click image below to enlarge
Midtown
22nd St to El Con – Phase 1 Overhead Line Connection
General Area: E. Whittier St. & S. Columbus Blvd.
Expected Duration: November 2020 – January 2021

Description: Crews will be working on overhead lines to upgrade parts of our distribution system by replacing older equipment and expanding backup capabilities.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures, parking restrictions and some noise. Power outages may be needed for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Possible evening and weekend work.
Project boundaries are confirmed. Click image below to enlarge
Midtown
22nd St. to El Con – Phase 5 Overhead Line Connection
General Area: E. Broadway Blvd. & S. Alvernon Way
Expected Duration: December 2020 – January 2021

Description: Crews will be upgrading overhead lines by replacing older equipment and expanding our backup capabilities to increase service reliability.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures, parking restrictions and some noise. Essential power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Possible evenings and weekend work.
Project boundaries are confirmed. Click image below to enlarge
Midtown
Wood Pole Replacement Program (Fort Lowell)
General Area: Fort Lowell between Alvernon & Swan
Expected Duration: March-December 2020

Description: Crews are testing, rating and prioritizing utility poles for replacement, and anticipate replacing up to 100 poles. This will improve safety and service reliability.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures and some noise can be expected. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Mostly daytime work with some possible evening and weekend work required.
Project boundaries are tentative. Click image below to enlarge
Southside
Wood Pole Replacement Program (Las Vistas)
General Area: S. Country Club Road & E. 36th St.
Expected Duration: January-May 2021

Description: Crews are testing, rating and prioritizing utility poles for replacement, and anticipate replacing up to 60 poles for improved safety and service reliability.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures and some noise can be expected. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Mostly daytime work with some possible evening and weekend work required.
Project boundaries are tentative. Click image below to enlarge
Southwest
Kino Substation – Distribution Work
General Area: S. Fremont Ave. & E. 36th St.
Expected Duration: December 2020 – January 2021

Description: As part of the construction of the new Kino Substation, crews will be working overhead and underground to support the increasing energy needs of the area and support redundancies in our electrical system.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures, parking restrictions and some noise. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Mostly daytime work with some possible evening and weekend work required.
Project boundaries are confirmed. Click image below to enlarge
Southwest
Voltage Conversion (Mesa Ridge)
General Area: S. Freedom Dr. & Ajo Way
Expected Duration: September-October 2020

Description: Crews will be working overhead to expand our electrical circuits to support the increasing energy needs of this area and to create redundancies in our electrical system.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures, parking restrictions are possible. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Mostly daytime work with some possible evening and weekend work required.
Project boundaries are tentative. Click image below to enlarge
Vail
New Overhead Line Connection
General Area: S. White Lightning Lane & E. Rex Molly Road
Expected Duration: January-February 2021

Description: This work will allow our local energy grid to support the increased energy needs of the community, including rooftop solar, and strengthen our system’s resiliency for improved safety and reliability. The project also will add redundancies to our electrical system. Crews will be working underground weekdays and possibly weekends. Environmental and field surveyors may be conducting onsite field surveys.

Possible Impacts: Traffic control, lane closures, parking restrictions and noise are possible. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance.
Project boundaries are confirmed. Click image below to enlarge

Over the last five years, we’ve invested approximately $1.2 billion to maintain and improve service while transitioning to a cleaner, more flexible and resilient energy portfolio.

These upgrades and improvements to about 5,100 miles of electrical lines strengthen our circuits – the local subsections of our grid – so that they are able to withstand extreme weather conditions, such as sweltering heat and violent storms, and support rooftop solar. This helps reduce power outages to ensure safe, reliable service now and for many years to come.

Our work projects range from preventive and routine maintenance and equipment upgrades to expanding our system to keep pace with the growing energy needs of the community.

The projects listed below let our customers know when and where TEP crews will be working on some larger projects in their area. Organized by general location, each project includes the nature of the work, its duration and any potential impacts to nearby residents.

Click on the project map to review our current project sites.

If a service outage is necessary for us to complete the work, affected customers will be notified.

If you’re traveling through these work zones, please proceed with caution, for your own protection and the safety of our crews. If you have questions about these work projects, feel free to contact TEP Customer Care at 520-623-7711 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Project by area

Downtown
New Overhead Line Upgrade
General Area: W. 6th St. & N. Church Ave.
Expected Duration: December 2020 – January 2021

Description: Crews will be working overhead upgrading equipment and lines and adding new equipment to support a nearby substation.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control or lane closures, parking restrictions and some noise are possible. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Mostly daytime work with some possible evening and weekend work required.
Eastside
Harrison Substation – Phase 1 Overhead Distribution Work
General Area: N. Harrison Road & E. Speedway Blvd.
Expected Duration: November – December 2020

Description: Crews will be working on overhead lines to support additional capacity provided by a newly-built substation in the area. This work will allow our local energy grid to support the increased energy needs of the community, including rooftop solar, and strengthen our system’s resiliency for improved safety and reliability.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures, parking restrictions and some noise are possible. Essential power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance.
Eastside
Harrison Substation – Phase 2 Overhead Distribution Work
General Area: N. Harrison Road & E. Broadway Blvd.
Expected Duration: November-December 2020

Description: Crews will be working on overhead lines to support the additional capacity provided by a newly-built substation in the area. This work will allow our local energy grid to support the increased energy needs of the community, including rooftop solar, and strengthen our system’s resiliency for improved safety and reliability.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures, parking restrictions and some noise. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance.
Eastside
Transformer Replacement Program (Rolling Hills)
General Area: Rolling Hills Neighborhood (Camino Seco & 29th St.)
Expected Duration: January-December 2020

Description: Crews are replacing approximately 100 transformers for increased safety and service reliability.

Possible Impacts: Traffic control, lane closures and some noise can be expected. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Mostly daytime work with some possible evening and weekend work required.
Foothills
Underground Cable Replacement
General Area: Craycroft & Territory
Expected Duration: October-November 2020

Description: Crews are upgrading existing underground cables to support the increased energy needs of the community, including rooftop solar, and strengthen our system’s resiliency for improved safety and reliability.

Possible Impacts: Some noise can be expected. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Mostly daytime work with some possible evening and weekend work required.
Midtown
22nd St to El Con – Phase 1 Overhead Line Connection
General Area: E. Whittier St. & S. Columbus Blvd.
Expected Duration: November 2020 – January 2021

Description: Crews will be working on overhead lines to upgrade parts of our distribution system by replacing older equipment and expanding backup capabilities.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures, parking restrictions and some noise. Power outages may be needed for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Possible evening and weekend work.
Midtown
22nd St. to El Con – Phase 5 Overhead Line Connection
General Area: E. Broadway Blvd. & S. Alvernon Way
Expected Duration: December 2020 – January 2021

Description: Crews will be upgrading overhead lines by replacing older equipment and expanding our backup capabilities to increase service reliability.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures, parking restrictions and some noise. Essential power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Possible evenings and weekend work.
Midtown
Wood Pole Replacement Program (Fort Lowell)
General Area: Fort Lowell between Alvernon & Swan
Expected Duration: March-December 2020

Description: Crews are testing, rating and prioritizing utility poles for replacement, and anticipate replacing up to 100 poles. This will improve safety and service reliability.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures and some noise can be expected. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Mostly daytime work with some possible evening and weekend work required.
Southside
Wood Pole Replacement Program (Las Vistas)
General Area: S. Country Club Road & E. 36th St.
Expected Duration: January-May 2021

Description: Crews are testing, rating and prioritizing utility poles for replacement, and anticipate replacing up to 60 poles for improved safety and service reliability.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures and some noise can be expected. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Mostly daytime work with some possible evening and weekend work required.
Southwest
Kino Substation – Distribution Work
General Area: S. Fremont Ave. & E. 36th St.
Expected Duration: December 2020 – January 2021

Description: As part of the construction of the new Kino Substation, crews will be working overhead and underground to support the increasing energy needs of the area and support redundancies in our electrical system.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures, parking restrictions and some noise. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Mostly daytime work with some possible evening and weekend work required.
Southwest
Voltage Conversion (Mesa Ridge)
General Area: S. Freedom Dr. & Ajo Way
Expected Duration: September-October 2020

Description: Crews will be working overhead to expand our electrical circuits to support the increasing energy needs of this area and to create redundancies in our electrical system.

Possible Impacts: Tree trimming along the roadside, traffic control, lane closures, parking restrictions are possible. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance. Mostly daytime work with some possible evening and weekend work required.
Vail
New Overhead Line Connection
General Area: S. White Lightning Lane & E. Rex Molly Road
Expected Duration: January-February 2021

Description: This work will allow our local energy grid to support the increased energy needs of the community, including rooftop solar, and strengthen our system’s resiliency for improved safety and reliability. The project also will add redundancies to our electrical system. Crews will be working underground weekdays and possibly weekends. Environmental and field surveyors may be conducting onsite field surveys.

Possible Impacts: Traffic control, lane closures, parking restrictions and noise are possible. Power outages may be necessary for safety reasons and affected customers will be notified in advance.

Answers to Questions about Underground Electric Lines

Most of TEP's electrical facilities are installed above ground, but some lower-voltage distribution lines are installed underground. To learn more, please review answers to frequently asked questions about underground distribution projects.