Gulf Power upgrading power lines

gulf power lines updated

Linemen mounted insulators on new utility poles installed between State Road 85 and Industrial Drive in north Crestview recently as Gulf Power upgrades electrical lines in the area.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 05:17 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Gulf Power contractors have begun a 10- to 12-week upgrade to electrical lines in north Crestview.

Linemen with Diversified Services of Hartselle, Ala., installed new utility poles in the median between State Road 85 and Industrial Drive. The work stretches about three-quarters of a mile between Third Street south and Stillwell Boulevard.

The electric company is upgrading area power lines, Gulf Power spokeswoman Natalie Smith said.

"They're increasing the size of the wires to carry more load," Smith said. "That helps maintain and improve reliability."

In the event of a power outage in the area, the heavier lines will allow engineers to transfer the electrical load to a different power substation to restore electricity, she said.

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