Gulf Power’s modernization of the energy grid in downtown Pensacola passed a major milestone in May and is now more than halfway complete — with the most challenging portion of the work finished.

Crews continue work on the modernization of the underground network in downtown Pensacola.

Gulf Power recently wrapped up excavation work on the project, which will upgrade the 70-year-old network that delivers power to homes and businesses downtown. Work began in 2018 and is scheduled for completion in early 2023.

“We appreciate the patience of residents and businesses downtown as we build a stronger, more resilient electric system that will improve reliability for our customers for decades to come,” said Mike Spoor, vice president of power delivery for Gulf Power.

Excavation work, which required road closures, was done mostly at night to minimize noise disruptions and other inconveniences to residents and businesses downtown. The remaining work, which will take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., will produce less noise and require minimal lane restrictions.

With excavation work complete, crews will be installing cable in the newly installed underground duct system. The modernization of the energy network under the downtown streets and sidewalks involves replacement of concrete-encased duct systems, power cables, transformers and protection equipment.

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