FPU upgrades portions of city's electric infrastructure

Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU) electric crews are upgrading portions of the city’s electric infrastructure to increase capacity on the circuit that connects the utility’s Brogan Avenue Substation to the Industrial Park Substation on Winchester Highway.

“Capacity on the line will increase from 6 megawatts to 20 megawatts which will ensure the stability of voltage, improve the quality of service and increase the available power in the city to accommodate future growth,” says FPU’s CEO and General Manager Britt Dye. “These upgrades will also enhance the alternate electric feed we built years ago to power the city. If there is a failure at Brogan Avenue Substation, we can quickly supply an alternate source of power to the city from the Industrial Park Substation through our SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system and switching procedures.”

The upgrades include replacement of 1.66 miles of three-phase electric line; insulators; guy wires; and 80 electric poles, most of which are wood, but those along College Street and Franklin Avenue will be steel.  

Electric crews will be working on the following city streets and avenues: Washington, Market, Norris, Campbell, Franklin, Willard, College, Bellview, and Morgan. Crews will also be working along Thornton Taylor Parkway as part of the scheduled upgrades.FPU electric uprades 2015

Approximately 714 customers are included in the upgrade areas and encompass FPU’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, Lincoln Medical Center and ambulance service, Southern Manor Living Center, the 911 Center, Elk Valley Times, Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library, Fayetteville Post Office and the Lincoln County Courthouse. Other churches and businesses located in Fayetteville are also served by portions of this electric circuit.

During the following weeks, FPU expects that some lane closures and minimal interruptions to electric service may be necessary. The upgrades will be complete by the end of May.

“We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers, and we appreciate your patience,” says Dye. “FPU equipment and line trucks will be located in the roadways as they work to upgrade electric lines, so we encourage you to drive carefully in these areas where our crews are working.”

In the photo: FPU electric crews upgrade power supply to the city to accomodate future growth and ensure service reliability.