WILLIAMS - Something new has arisen on the horizon in eastern Hamilton County.
Midland Power Cooperative has begun a three-phase new-to-replace-old power line project along a 6.5 mile stretch of Highway D-25, according to Abbey Sprague, Midland Power Cooperative communications and marketing coordinator.
The project began last week at a site approximately two miles east of the junction of Interstate 35 on County Highway D-25.
Midland Power Cooperative is setting six miles of overhead electric lines in Northeast Hamilton County. The above ground wires are designed to provide more efficient and effective service.
"Each year Midland Power Cooperative focuses on upgrading areas of our power distribution system that are having issues with reliability," said Sprague. "One of this year's targeted areas includes the 6.5 mile stretch of underground three-phase power line on Hwy D25 at the junction of I-35 and moving east".
Sprague noted that customers will benefit from the update.
"Once this project is complete it should greatly increase reliability in the northern portion of Rose Grove township," said Sprague.
Previously, underground power lines carried electricity to Midland's customers. The current effort will replace those buried cables with approximately 70 poles which will carry the overhead lines.
While the new lines are cost effective, they will also help the company better serve customers, said Sprague. The overhead lines will provide easy access during power outages which will enable workers to target problems faster and restore power sooner.
Midland Power is also planning similar projects in Hardin County, west of Garden City on Highway D65 and southwest of Iowa Falls on 140th St., according to Sprague.