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New transformer installed on South Liberty Street

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Sunday morning aerial maneuver to replace a broken transformer on South Liberty Street was a success.

People in in the Riverfront Townhomes behind the Berkman Plaza have been without power for the last two weeks after part of the road build over the river collapsed.

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Because of the 3-ton weight restriction on the undamaged portion of South Liberty Street, using a crane was not an option for the repairs.

Sunday morning, JEA contracted with CHI Aviation to use a helicopter to lift out the old, damaged transformer and put a new transformer into place.

Crews staged the flights from the shipyards property on Bay Street. 

"In about 7 days we should be receiving all the electrical devices which are called unmetered mains and media stations. Once that's done at the two community buildings, then its a matter of making sure the conduit is laid to code." said Andrew Beaudion, Association Manager Riverwalk Townhomes.

JEA hopes to have power to the 20 townhomes restored in two weeks.