LMUD completes Shaffer Mountain line upgrade

One of the Lassen Municipal Utility District’s major projects has been completed.

Upgrades to the Shaffer Mountain Line have been completed — a milestone for the Lassen Municipal Utility District. Photo submitted

According to a statement from LMUD, contract crews finished replacing and upgrading the distribution line that feeds the communication facilities located on Shaffer Mountain. The repeater site is used by many local agencies, including the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Honey Lake Community Television as well as multiple cell phone facilities.

The line, known as Shaffer Mountain, which is located 27 miles northeast of Susanville, is essential in keeping critical communications up and running in Lassen County. The last mile of the line exists in extremely rocky, rough, and steep terrain, making it nearly inaccessible and exposing the line to weather-related outages and equipment failures.

The project entailed removing most of the existing last mile of the overhead line and installing new underground facilities. The new facilities will be protected from extreme weather and will help to ensure that the emergency communications our community relies on will be safe, and free from power outage-related interruptions.

The project is part of LMUD’s five-year strategic plan and demonstrates our commitment to the key strategic priority of grid resiliency. LMUD’s goal is to develop and maintain safe, reliable, and efficient infrastructure. The total cost to replace the line was $290,000.