Georgia Power prepares for downtown Columbus growth with new construction project

Georgia Power construction workers will spend the next six to eight weeks replacing old equipment to keep downtown Columbus on the electrical grid.
Georgia Power construction workers will spend the next six to eight weeks replacing old equipment to keep downtown Columbus on the electrical grid.

COLUMBUS, Ga. – More construction cones, barrels and and workers are popping up in downtown Columbus as the city gears up for growth. Georgia Power is helping anyone living, working, or shopping in the downtown area by upgrading equipment and strengthening the electrical grid. Over the next six to eight weeks, Georgia Power workers will be pulling out old cables underground, from 18th St. all the way through downtown Columbus. They will then lay more than two miles of new cable to replace that old equipment.

For business owners like Erin Widick, access to stable and steady power is a necessity to keeping the doors open and the customers flowing in.

“It’s vital for us to continue to keep doing business, especially with the growth and added people and buildings down here. We’ll definitely need more power,” Widick said.

The owner of the Posh Peach says her business had an outage two weeks ago, which knocking out half the building’s power.

Georgia Power regional external affairs manager Robert Watkins says the recent heat wave served as a catalyst for laying down the new equipment. The addition of a new nursing school for CSU, a new hotel, and other businesses filling vacant spots are all signs that change is soon to come.

“Downtown is just growing, and you have to have a system large enough to serve that,” Watkins said.

Watkins says the $500,000 project will set Columbus up for the next 35-50 years.

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