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New power poles popping up from Cumming to south Forsyth
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Poles like the one to the right, seen on Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Cumming will carry power produced at a generation facility, which can come from gas, coal or nuclear, before sending it to the new station. - photo by Micah Green

CUMMING -- Drivers may have noticed some big, new powerlines going up in Forsyth County.

Craig Heighton of Georgia Transmission Corporation said the company is working with Cumming-based Sawnee EMC to install the poles for a new sub-station on Peachtree Parkway (Hwy. 141).

“Right now we have got a new transmission line that we’re constructing, or in the process of construction, from the Cumming substation down to a new substation off of Peachtree Parkway called Pinecrest,” Heighton said. “This line is … a 230,000-volt line.”

The most notable difference from the poles that are being replaced is the height.

“They are larger,” Heighton said. “They are taller than other distribution lines, say, that you would see in the area that are typically on wooden poles. The benefit of that is that we are able to span much farther lengths with the taller poles and, also, that accommodates for existing utilities to come and attach to our poles.”

The new poles will carry power produced at a generation facility, which can come from gas, coal or nuclear, before sending it to the new station.

“That power then travels over large transmission lines, which carry the high voltage,” he said. “That power is stepped down at a substation, which we own. Then, our EMCs take that power at lower voltage … and distribute them out to homes and businesses.”

The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

As work continues, traffic delays are expected and Heighton said a traffic management plan is in place.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we put this infrastructure in,” Heighton said, “and we’ll do so in the least disruptive manner possible.”