After three years of construction and an incident with nesting eagles, Westerville's sixth electrical substation was christened by city officials Monday.

After three years of construction and an incident with nesting eagles, Westerville's sixth electrical substation was christened by city officials Monday.

The city began construction on the substation in July 2006, after weather and a pair of nesting bald eagles delayed the building of the substation on eight acres of the Westar property.

The substation, which is dubbed Substation 3 and cost the city more than $6.2-million to build, will help the city deal with extra demand on its power sources as new development continues near the Westar property at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Polaris Parkway, said Mike Pope of the city's Electric Division.

As part of the project, Pope said electrical lines were laid to provide service to future buildings in the area.

"That's meant not only to provide the current load for that area but to meet the needs of that area as it expands," Pope said. "What we've tried to do is be proactive in that area from an electrical standpoint."

The substation also will help make Westerville's electric service more reliable, Pope said, because it will provide an additional backup when other substations are down or are undergoing maintenance work.

"It increases the reliability of your system," he said. "It's really part of a complete system that helps us serve our customers better."

The new substation houses the city's largest transformer, Pope said, and Westerville plans to purchase another transformer.

"It's quite large," Pope said of the substation. "It's the largest we have as far as capacity goes."

The city also has plans to connect the new substation to the substation on Main Street in order to provide additional backup to that substation, Pope said.

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