PENSACOLA, Fla. — Gulf Power has completed the excavation work on Palafox Street that is part of a larger underground infrastructure project to improve reliability in downtown Pensacola. Since early 2019, the project work has been ongoing along Palafox Street to make upgrades in the underground system that required lane closures.

“As part of the Florida Power & Light family, we’re committed to improving reliability in both good weather and bad for our customers,” said Mike Spoor, vice president of power delivery for Gulf Power. “We know how important reliable service is for our customers, and we’re proud to invest in improvements in downtown Pensacola that will make our electric system stronger and more resilient.”

Gulf Power shifted the work to nighttime to allow the street to remain open to traffic and parking for businesses during the daytime. Some side streets near Palafox will still be closed as work continues. Night work is expected to continue through March.

“That was a huge help,” said Walker Wilson, executive director of the Downtown Improvement Board. “We can’t thank Gulf Power enough for being a good partner and working at night to help our businesses. Everybody is excited that we are getting more reliable infrastructure and the services that Gulf Power provides.”

The project is a five-year, $86 million plan to modernize the 70-year-old network delivering energy to homes and businesses in the area. Launched in March 2018, the downtown Pensacola underground project will improve reliability and resiliency for current and future customers. This modernization of the energy network under the streets and sidewalks involves replacement of concrete-encased duct systems, power cables, transformers and protection equipment.

“We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience during this project, which goes a long way in improving our reliability in the area for a long time to come,” added Spoor.

There will be some intermittent lane closures as we begin to pull wire into the underground infrastructure.

Gulf Power has created a webpage to keep customers and residents informed on the progress of the project. Visit www.gulfpower.com/downtownupgrades for more information.