TODAY'S UPDATE: Cable headed to island

Will link Block Island to mainland
Mon, 06/13/2016 - 10:15am

Block Island is one step closer to being connected to the mainland.

National Grid's 20-mile long sea2shore submarine cable was installed at Scarborough Beach at the end of last week, and is now being laid beneath the ocean floor as it makes its way to the island.

The 30-megawatt cable is being installed from Scarborough Beach to the Fred Benson Town Beach by the cable-laying-barge CLB Big Max. Once connected, the cable will link the island to the mainland and provide a conduit for both electrical power and broadband Internet service.

David Graves, Media Relations Director for National Grid, told The Block Island Times that the submarine cable was spliced with the land cable in a manhole in the Scarborough Beach parking lot on Thursday, June 9.

"The cable was brought ashore at Scarborough Beach around 9 p.m. on Thursday," said Graves, who noted that the Big Max "is already a speck on the horizon. We will update the anticipated date for landfall on the island in the next few days."

Learn more about this story in this week's edition of The Block Island Times.