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Nova Scotia Power upgrading power lines in Amherst

Crews from Nova Scotia Power work at the corner of Spring and Academy Street in Amherst.
Crews from Nova Scotia Power work at the corner of Spring and Academy Street in Amherst. - Darrell Cole

Work ongoing near Spring Street Academy

AMHERST – Nova Scotia Power crews are working in a section of Amherst to upgrade power lines and improve service reliability.

Linemen have been working in the area of Spring Street Academy for several days as the corporation upgrades power lines along Charles Street, Academy Street, Townshend Avenue and Spring Street.

“This is to improve service reliability and enable an alternative power supply for this area in the event of an unplanned outage,” Tiffany Chase of the power corporation said in an email to the Amherst News.

Chase said the work is planned capital work that includes replacing aging power lines. It also reduces the risk of equipment failure.

Also, she said, there is no alternative power supply in that area of town, so when there is an outage there is no option to isolate the affected section and reroute other customers.

“These upgrades will allow us to do that in future,” she said.

Some Amherst residents have expressed frustration in recent months with the frequency of power outages in parts of town, especially in bad weather.

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