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APS upgrading electrical service in Prescott

Arizona Public Service is moving forward with plans to upgrade and improve electrical service to thousands of customers in the southeastern part of the city.

The roughly $1 million project includes upgrading the line between two of the utility's substations and replacing power poles in the area.

Project Manager Gregory Bernosky said Wednesday evening at an open house at Mile High Middle School that the electrical line between the Prescott city substation and the White Spar substation is more than 50 years old.

A failure on the existing power line would interrupt service to approximately 2,000 customers, according to Bernosky.

"What we're trying to avoid is what could happen if we lose this line," he said.

APS Communications Consultant Betty Dayyo said they sent out more than 5,000 newsletters about the change and the open house schedule to people in the area.

Only two people seeking information on the project were at the school at approximately 6:20 p.m.

The utility line from the city substation to the White Spar station runs approximately a mile, where electricity travels between power poles stretching from the White Spar/Copper Basin area east past Senator Highway, north to Willis Street and west to Montezuma Street in the heart of the city.

In the coming months, Bernosky said they will set a route for repairs and improvements, get final design plans and permits before beginning construction in late June or early July.

The project should finish next January.

Improvements also include replacing 45-foot wooden power poles with 65-foot steel poles.

To comment or get more information, call Bernosky at (602) 493-4448 or visit www.aps.com/siting.

From there, click on current projects on the left side of the page and then click on Prescott City to White Spar link in the middle of the page.

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