Entergy plans 14-week upgrade project in Pine Bluff

Entergy Arkansas Inc. will begin a 14-week project in Pine Bluff Oct. 14 to upgrade a transmission line.

“As customers’ energy needs grow over time, so must the system that delivers the power,” Entergy spokeswoman Diane Tatum said in a news release. “This is the case regarding a three-mile segment of power lines in central Pine Bluff. To meet the growing customer demand for electricity, Entergy Arkansas will be replacing the poles, power lines and related equipment between two substations, the Woodward Substation at 5201 W.Barraque St. and the McCamant Substation at 311 S. Plum St.”

The line being upgraded is a 115-kilovolt transmission line, which feeds lower-voltage distribution lines, which connect to homes and businesses. The three-mile transmission line is currently on wooden poles. The upgrade will replace those with steel poles as long as 120 feet. While the project is under way, Pine Bluff residents in the area should expect to see a good deal of heavy machinery, large trucks and active construction sites.

The project will begin Oct. 14 and be completed around the end of January. The job will be done in segments. Each segment, as it is being replaced, will be de-energized. Power will be rerouted around the de-energized segment, keeping power on for all customers, according to the news release.

“If all goes as planned, no customers will lose power as a result of this work,” Tatum said. “However, the risk of outages will be higher while line segments are de-energized. This is because the backup line is already being used, so if something happens to it, customers will experience an outage until repairs are made.”