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Georgia Power upgrades power lines

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - If you're driving on Islands Expressway near Oatland Island you can't miss all the Georgia Power trucks working on power lines. It's a massive project to upgrade power lines to more than 14,000 customers.

Georgia Power tells WTOC the project involves building two transmission lines, and while it might be inconvenient for some customers and drivers along Islands Expressway, the end result will be worth the wait.

For a couple of months now Georgia Power crews have been working literally in Harry Mccarthy's backyard.

"I am sort of the sidewalk superintendent with them, watching them,"said Mccarthy.

They are replacing the old power poles with concrete poles to hold stronger transmission lines.

The concrete poles are designed to withstand hurricane force winds.

"We do this all over the state to increase capacity to ensure that customers have reliability and that when they flip the switch they get electricity," said Pafford.

Georgia Power's Region External Affairs Manager Julian Pafford says if they didn't replace the lines, customers on the islands wouldn't happy.

"We would have some outages in the hot days of the Summer we have to do it and has to be done by may in order to get through this Summer," said Pafford.

Pafford says the project involves building these temporary lines which are providing power to customers right now.

Which makes sense for customers like Harry Mccarthy who agrees it was time for an upgrade.

And hopes this project will cut down on power outages.

"If you got more people on your lines you got build a bigger system,"said Mccarthy.

Pafford says this upgrade will not impact customers power bills. he also says they hope to be finished by the end of May.

Georgia Power is also planning to start a similar project which will affect customers on the Southside of Savannah that should begin sometime in the Fall.

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