Verde Village to Cornville gets major power line upgrade
CORNVILLE -- Over the next year, Arizona Public Service, the power company, will take another step to improve reliability for the Cornville and McGuireville areas.
The company has been making improvements for a number of years already. During the past 12 months, the company has approached property owners along the rights of way of a 69 kilovolt power feeder line and a 12kv distribution line. The line connects from the Prairie Lane area in Verde Village to the power sub-station near the intersection of Cornville Road and Page Springs Road.
Wayne Ferguson of APS in Cottonwood says growth has pushed the company to provide two 69kv lines instead of one to serve Cornville and Lake Montezuma. He says the duplication will improve reliability, especially for McGuireville residents.
The company will also upgrade the 12kv line to provide and "in and out circuit" to provide redundancy for Verde Village customers.
In some areas, the large electrical feeder lines will be moved away from difficult terrain or, in the case of the "Sugarloaf" ruin northwest of Lower Oak Creek Estates, the line will be moved away from archeological ruins.
Ferguson says new rust-colored steel poles will replace the older wooden poles. Work will be performed from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, though there may be some Saturday work.