By Lori EganOctober 19, 2012
FORT BENNING, Ga. (Oct. 17, 2012) -- The families who live in Fort Benning's Iron Triangle neighborhood will be without power for 12 hours on Oct. 23.
Working with the Directorate of Public Works and Flint Energies, Col. Jeffrey Fletcher, garrison commander, scheduled the 12-hour outage in order to upgrade the electrical grid from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 23.
Flint Energies, the contractor that handles Fort Benning's electricity, will replace the aging infrastructure, including transformers and conductors that are more than 40 years old.
Replacement of the old conductors, the wiring and new transformers will provide the 62 Families who live there a more reliable power grid, said Keith Lovejoy, DPW's Housing director.
Safety is a concern with aging infrastructure and although the outage will be inconvenient for the residents, replacing this equipment will go a long way to correcting existing outages, Lovejoy said. The upgrade should reduce power surges and give the residents a more reliable power source.
The Iron Triangle is located along Running, Yeager and Zuckerman avenues between 1st Division Road and Baltzell Avenue.
"We want to make sure Families plan for this scheduled outage," Lovejoy said, "to have a plan for refrigerated and frozen items and to consider unique needs such as fish tanks.
"We all appreciate the patience residents have demonstrated during the latest power outage. The power company has assured us the program upgrades will go a long way to improving the overall service they are currently providing," Lovejoy said.