NorthWestern Energy has several distribution pole replacement and relocation projects planned for the Great Falls area in coming months. The projects are aimed at proactively improving the reliability of the electric system in the area.
Work will begin in late June in the Monarch area as crews replace 83 distribution poles that bring service to residential and business customers. The pole work will continue through the summer and conclude in early September. The project will be focused in the Hughesville, Limestone Canyon and Oriet Road areas near Monarch.
Crews will be working in conjunction with the Montana Department of Transportation on a project to relocate poles along the Vaughn Frontage Road from Great Falls to the Manchester exit off Interstate 15. Tied to a road project, the work will begin in July and should be complete in September.
NorthWestern will replace 79 distribution poles in central Great Falls, starting in July and finishing in September. The area of work stretches from 11th Avenue North to Third Avenue South and from 13th Street to 25th Street.
Each of the projects could lead to short outages. Crews or engineers will work to contact those customers that will be affected. The pole replacement work is being done as part of NorthWestern’s proactive infrastructure initiative aimed at improving the safety and reliability of the electric and natural gas systems across Montana.