Consumers Energy has announced it is delaying underground electric work that was scheduled to start Aug. 20 on Pearl Street in downtown Jackson.
Consumers Energy Senior Public Information Director Brian Wheeler stated, “Consumers Energy is committed to working with the communities it serves and will be talking with city and community leaders, Pearl Street businesses and organizers of the Bright Walls Festival to develop a plan together that minimizes the impact of any work on the community. Our goal is also to keep a portion of the street open for as much of the project as possible. At the same time, Consumers Energy takes seriously the importance of delivering energy safely and reliably. We will share any updates on plans with the public before moving forward with this important project.”
Last week Consumers Energy notified businesses in the affected area that Pearl Street would close beginning August 20 for a three month period. The company had planned to replace underground ductbanks that were described as outdated and in need of replacement for improved electric reliability.
The Pearl Street area has been designated as the anchor of the upcoming Bright Walls Festival, a week-long mural, arts and entertainment festival.