Downtown Madison is part of a $1.3 billion Southern Company investment in power grid improvement.

Areas of work are currently highlighted with wooden stakes and orange flags that “delineate the public right of way and different aspects of the overall work to be done,” says John Kraft, Georgia Power media relations manager.

According to a Georgia Power website detailing the grid improvements, projects can range from power pole replacement, placing utilities underground to replacing transmission lines. The website, in part, highlights methods Georgia Power is attempting to reduce power outages.

“This overall Madison area grid project began the engineering phase in February 2021 with construction scheduled to begin this spring. Overall project work should conclude around year-end 2022,” Kraft said in an email.

“Georgia Power’s Grid Investment Program is a multi-year initiative to enhance service and reliability in communities across Georgia. We’re glad to be working in the Madison area in 2022 and look forward to the results the project should bring here in years to come.”

Specifically, Kraft added, “The project in Madison includes both transmission line and distribution work.”

Work will focus, he said, on “rebuilding a portion of the transmission line, replacing wire and some structures for aging facilities, some of which are well over 50 years old.”

In areas where stakes are apparent, the work will include replacing and upgrading overhead wire and replacing poles, he said.

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