Bridgewater

Fiber to the Home Project

The Bridgewater exchange (town and rural) is scheduled for FTTH upgrades.

Contractors: 
Wiring Contractor - Travis Electric Inc.
Engineering Consultant - CHR
Construction Contractor - North Central Service

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PROJECT UPDATE

November 10, 2022

  • The new fibers have been spliced and tested. Engineers are updating the maps, then Golden West field staff can complete wiring in Bridgewater central office. When this work is finished, Travis Electric will proceed with Phase 2 cut over installations.
  • Customers will receive a letter from Golden West to notify them when Phase 2 wiring begins. During this installation, customer services will be converted from copper to the new fiber optic system.

October 13, 2022

  • NCS has completed fiber splicing on the project. The new fibers are being tested. When test results are reviewed, Golden West technicians will complete the final stage of connecting the new fibers in the Golden West central office in Bridgewater.
  • Customers will receive a letter from Golden West to notify them when Phase 2 wiring begins. During this installation, customer services will be converted from copper to the new fiber optic system.

October 6, 2022

  • NCS should finish splicing fibers this week. Next week they will be testing the new fibers.
  • Customers will receive a letter from Golden West to notify them when Phase 2 wiring begins. During this installation, customer services will be converted from copper to the new fiber optic system.

September 22, 2022

  • Fiber splicers are nearly complete with work in town. They are concentrating on splicing fibers in the rural part of the project. This will be followed by testing of the new fibers, then connecting them in the Golden West office.
  • Customers will receive a letter from Golden West to notify them when Phase 2 wiring begins. During this installation, customer services will be converted from copper to the new fiber optic system.

September 15, 2022

  • Fiber splicers are splicing and testing the newly buried fibers in town, then will test fibers in the rural part of the exchange.
  • Customers will receive a letter from Golden West to notify them when Phase 2 wiring begins. During this installation, customer services will be converted from copper to the new fiber optic system.

September 8, 2022

  • NCS has completed main line construction on the Bridgewater FTTH Project. The remaining lines to customer houses will be buried next week.
  • Fiber splicers are splicing and testing the newly buried fibers in town.
  • Golden West technicians are splicing fibers at the Golden West office in Bridgewater.
  • Customers will receive a letter from Golden West to notify them when Phase 2 wiring begins. During this installation, customer services will be converted from copper to the new fiber optic system.

September 1, 2022

  • NCS has completed construction on the Bridgewater FTTH Project. Their fiber splicers are splicing and testing the newly buried fibers.
  • Golden West technicians are splicing fibers at the Golden West office in Bridgewater.
  • Customers will receive a letter from Golden West to notify them when Phase 2 wiring begins. During this installation, customer services will be converted from copper to the new fiber optic system.

August 25, 2022

  • Main line construction is complete.
  • Golden West technicians are splicing fibers at the Golden West office in Bridgewater.
  • Customers will receive a letter from Golden West to notify them when Phase 2 wiring begins. During this installation, customer services will be converted from copper to the new fiber optic system.

August 18, 2022

  • Main line construction is complete.
  • A crew will be working next week or the following week to bury any lines not already constructed to customer homes.
  • Testing of the new fibers will begin next week.
  • Customers will receive a letter from Golden West to notify them when Phase 2 wiring begins. During this installation, customer services will be converted from copper to the new fiber optic system. 

August 11, 2022

  • Next week crews will begin splicing the newly buried fibers to connect them to the existing fiber infrastructure.
  • Customers will receive a letter from Golden West to notify them when Phase 2 wiring begins. During this installation, customer services will be converted from copper to the new fiber optic system.

August 4, 2022

  • Crews are pulling fibers through buried duct.
  • Travis Electric has finished hanging clamshells on customer homes and businesses. They will return later this year to do Phase 2 wiring installations to connect customers to the new fiber optic network.

July 21, 2022

  • North Central Service has completed rural main line fiber plowing.
  • In the rural part of the exchange, fibers have been pulled through the buried ducts.
  • Technicians will begin work to splice the new fiber.
  • Travis Electric is nearly finished with installing clamshells on customer premises. If you are a customer in the Bridgewater Exchange and do not have a box, or clamshell, installed on your premise, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the Engineering Department.

July 14, 2022

  • North Central Service has completed rural main line fiber plowing.
  • The crew burying lines to customer homes is almost finished with construction and will move next to pulling fiber cables through the duct and connecting them at customer premises.
  • Travis Electric is nearly finished with installing clamshells on customer premises. If you are a customer in the Bridgewater Exchange and do not have a box, or clamshell, installed on your premise, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the Engineering Department.

July 7, 2022

  • North Central Service is burying main line fiber near the intersection of 438th Avenue and Highway 42. Next they will work along Highway 42 west towards Bridgewater.
  • A crew burying lines to customer homes is finishing up work at addresses for customers who added service after the project was underway.
  • Travis Electric is nearly finished with installing clamshells on customer premises. If you are a customer in the Bridgewater Exchange and do not have a box, or clamshell, installed on your premise, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the Engineering Department.

June 30, 2022

  • North Central Service’s main line fiber crew has been working along 439th Avenue.
  • A crew is burying lines to customer homes near BH 20 Road and Highway 42 east of the football field.
  • Construction staff will be off on Friday and Monday to celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday.

June 23, 2022 

  • North Central Service  has been burying main line fiber on Highway 81 south of 261st Street. From there they will move east of town to work along Highway 282.
  • A crew burying lines, or drops, to customer homes is working along Highway 42.
  • Another team is working in town on S Ash, Dakota, and Minnesota Streets.
  • Travis Electric is finishing up clamshell installations for the project. If you are a customer in the Bridgewater exchange and do not have a box, or clamshell, installed on your premise, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the Engineering Department. 

June 16, 2022

  • North Central Service  has been burying main line fiber along 261st Street, east of 434th Avenue.
  • A crew is working in town, setting vaults used for access for splicing and repairs.
  • A third crew is burying lines to customer homes north of Bridgewater.
  • Travis Electric will be working in Bridgewater one day next week to complete installing clamshells. If you are a customer in the Bridgewater exchange and do not have a box, or clamshell, installed on your premise, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the Engineering Department.

June 9, 2022

  • North Central Service has a rural plow crew working on 261st Street, east of 435th Avenue.
  • A crew is plowing lines to rural customer homes in the northeast corner of the exchange.
  • A town crew is burying lines to customer houses near E 1st Street and N Oak Avenue.
  • Travis Electric is nearly finished with installing clamshells on customer homes and businesses. If you are a customer in the Bridgewater exchange and do not have a box, or clamshell, installed on your premise, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the Engineering Department.

June 2, 2022

  • North Central Service has a main line crew burying fiber optic cable north of Bridgewater near the intersection of 435th and 257th Street.
  • The crew burying duct to customer premises is working in town, south of the Golden West office down E 2nd Street going east.
  • Travis Electric is nearly finished with installing clamshells on customer homes and businesses. If you are a customer in the Bridgewater exchange and do not have a box, or clamshell, installed on your premise, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the Engineering Department.

May 12, 2022

  • NCS started plowing in the rural part of the Bridgewater exchange this week. They are burying fiber on 435th Avenue.
  • May Construction has been working on 264th and N Main, then they will be burying pipe east of 4th and 5th Streets west of Main Street.
  • Travis Electric has installed clamshells on most customer homes and businesses. They will be trying to reach town residents who are not current customers to determine if they would like a clamshell and a vacant duct buried to their home so it is ready for service in the future.

May 5, 2022

  • May Construction has been working on Seventh Street between Main Avenue and Poplar Avenue.
  • NCS crews will be home on rotation until Monday. They have started boring to insert pipe under roadways in the rural part of the exchange.
  • NCS will start plowing in the country on Monday, heading north from town.
  • A fiber splicer will begin pulling fiber lines through the buried duct in town later next week.
  • Travis Electric is installing boxes on all premises in town and on customer homes and businesses in the rural part of the exchange. They will be knocking on doors if they haven’t been able to reach residents by phone.

April 28, 2022

  • May Construction has been working west of Main Street, heading north.
  • NCS plans to start construction in the rural part of the exchange early in May.
  • Travis Electric is installing boxes, or clamshells on all premises in town, and on customer homes and businesses in the rural part of the exchange. They will be knocking on doors if they haven’t been able to reach residents by phone.

April 21, 2022

  • May Construction has been plowing lines to customer premises off Poplar Avenue, going north from Third Street.
  • NCS plans to start construction in the rural part of the exchange early in May.
  • Travis Electric is installing boxes, or clamshells on all premises in town, and on customer homes and businesses in the rural part of the exchange.

April 14, 2022

  • North Central Services has started construction in town. Their crews are off for the Easter holiday weekend and will return on Tuesday.
  • Travis Electric is installing boxes, or clamshells on all premises in town, and on customer homes and businesses in the rural part of the exchange.

 April 7, 2022

  • North Central Services began construction in town north of 4th Street, but suspended work due to rain on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Travis Electric is installing boxes, or clamshells on all premises in town, and on customer homes and businesses in the rural part of the exchange.

March 31, 2022

  • North Central Service will begin construction on Monday. They will have one crew plowing lines to customer homes in town and a crew boring to insert pipe under roadways in the rural part of the exchange.
  • Travis Electric will return to Bridgewater next week to hang clamshells on any premises that were missed when they were in the area earlier this spring.
  • If you have any questions about the project, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the engineering department.

March 24, 2022

  • North Central Service will begin construction the week of April 4th. The will have one crew plowing lines to customer homes, a crew boring or drilling under roadways, and two crews plowing main line fiber.
  • Travis Electric will return to Bridgewater in early April to hang clamshell on any premises that were missed when they were in the area earlier this spring.
  • If you have any questions about the project, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the engineering department.

March 17, 2022

  • Preparations are underway for the start of construction. Weather permitting, North Central Service will begin plowing in town starting next month.
  • If you have any questions about the project, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the engineering department.

March 10, 2022

  • Contractors are preparing to start work this spring. Customers will notice activity such as utilities being marked as work begins.
  • If you have any questions about the project, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the engineering department.

March 3, 2022

  • Golden West will bury a duct, or vacant pipe, to all locations in town to prepare for future service requests.
  • Travis Electric has clamshells installed at most premises in Bridgewater. They will return to the area when construction begins in the spring to hang clamshells on any locations that were missed.
  • If you have any questions about the project, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the engineering department.

February 24, 2022

  • Travis Electric has clamshells installed at most premises in Bridgewater. They will return to the area when construction begins in the spring to hang clamshells on any locations that were missed.
  • If you have any questions about the project, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the engineering department.

February 17, 2022

  • Travis Electric has started hanging clamshells in Bridgewater. This work will continue for the next few weeks.
  • If you have any questions about the project, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the engineering department.

 February 10, 2022

  • Travis Electric will begin scheduling appointments to install a box, or clamshell, on the outside of customer premises. They will start working in the town of Bridgewater starting next week.
  • If you have any questions about the project, please call 1-855-888-7777 and ask for the engineering department.

February 4, 2022

Golden West Announces 2022 Construction of Fiber to the Home in Bridgewater

WALL, SD – Golden West Telecommunications will expand its fiber network throughout the Bridgewater exchange, including the town and rural areas, this year. Fiber allows for greater bandwidth and speed and offers a more reliable and secure connection to the world for all telecommunications services including phone, internet, and cable TV in Bridgewater.

The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) project will convert homes and businesses from copper cable to long, thin strands of glass called optical fibers. These fibers use pulses of light to transmit data and are immune to environmental factors such as electrical currents and water.

“Fiber is one of the best investments Golden West can make on behalf of its members,” Golden West General Manager and CEO Denny Law said. “Strong and secure broadband internet connections are a necessity these days. Fiber optic technology will provide residents and businesses throughout the community of Bridgewater with a seamless online experience and new opportunities in the coming years.”

The cooperative is working to upgrade its entire service territory to fiber within the next five or six years. In addition to Bridgewater, Golden West will also complete fiber projects this year in rural Bonesteel, Corsica, Clearfield, rural Enning, and the town of Mission, including the communities of Antelope and White Horse.

Three contractors will complete the project in Bridgewater on behalf of Golden West. These include Travis Electric taking care of wiring at homes and businesses, North Central Service handling construction, and CHR covering easements, permits, and inspections. Golden West will take care of customer service.

FTTH is a multi-stage project that can take up to a year to complete depending on factors such as weather. Current customers will be transitioned to the new fiber optic technology after construction is done late in 2022 or early in 2023. At that time, customers will be able to subscribe to the fastest internet speeds Golden West offers.

Golden West will prepare all homes and businesses in the town of Bridgewater – even those who aren’t current customers – with infrastructure for fiber optic connections. This involves hanging a small box or “clamshell” on the outside of all homes and businesses within city limits and constructing duct work underground to the box for future fiber optics. Installing these pieces during the initial fiber construction enables quick and easy connections moving forward. It also ensures the entire area is positioned for the future, which will demand even faster internet speeds.

Visit goldenwest.com/FTTH for an overview of the project, to submit questions, and fill out a form for a chance to win valuable prizes. Please contact Golden West with any additional questions, concerns or comments by calling 1-855-888-7777 (option 3) and asking for the Engineering Department.