COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Southern Pine Electric Power Association.
Southern Pine will conduct a system improvement project May 17-18 that will mean temporary power outages for around 900 members in Covington County.
The project will be the largest of its kind ever conducted by Southern Pine, involving more than 100 employees and contract workers and more than 50 utility vehicles. The project is part of Southern Pine's effort to hold down costs to its more than 66,000 members.
The work will require the temporary interruption of power to Southern Pine members in the Collins-Seminary area. The outages could last up to three hours each day.
The power interruptions will also mean the traffic lights on U.S. 49 in Seminary will be temporarily out of service on the first day of the project.
"We urge motorists traveling through the area to take extra precautions while the work is under way," said General Manager Donald L. Jordan. "When approaching utility workers, please move into another lane or slow down to avoid any accidents."
Manager of Engineering Jim Jordan said, "It will take two days to complete the project. We need good weather for both days and no equipment failures. Contingency plans are in place to deal with unexpected events."
Southern Pine encourages those affected by the project, especially those with special medical needs, to make contingency plans for the outage periods.
Some of the primary roads included in the project are:
- U.S. 49
- Seminary-Sumrall Road
- Smyrna Road
- McDonald Chapel Road
- Seminary-Mike Conner Road
- Oakdale Church Road
Jeremiah Seal, operations engineer, is responsible for coordinating this event and can answer any questions regarding this outage. If you have any questions or comments, please contact him at (601) 785-6511 or 1-800-231-5240.