Prairie du Chien underground electric cable project to begin August 21

Alliant Energy replacing older lines near East Iowa Street on the city’s east side

Prairie du Chien, Wis. – August 8, 2017 – Alliant Energy will soon begin an underground electric cable replacement project in Prairie du Chien. The work will include putting in about a mile of new underground power line near East Iowa Street on the city’s east side. 

Construction is expected to start the week of August 21 and finish by mid-to-late September. The underground electric lines will be replaced behind and along property of homes in the 900 to 1200 blocks of East Iowa Street, select residences on Jackson Street and Stewart Lane, as well as some homes near Lyman and Althea Circles. The project will cross East Iowa, Jackson, East Wisconsin streets and Randee Avenue. 

“Alliant Energy is continuing an initiative to replace older electric underground cables that were put in before 1983,” said Trish Johnson, Alliant Energy customer operations supervisor. “The lines we are upgrading were installed in 1977 and in 1980, and replacing them will increase the reliability of our power grid in the area.” 

People are encouraged to use caution as they drive, walk or bike through the project area and to take time to watch out for workers. Drivers, in particular, are asked to use slower speeds around crews and service vehicles.

Alliant Energy has contracted with InterCon Construction to perform work on the approximately $280,000 project. In preparation, location flags and spray paint are being used to mark current lines located on customers’ property. All impacted customers have received a letter from the company. They will also be contacted again when their service transfers to the new cable, which will be accompanied by a brief service outage.

Media contact: Scott Reigstad, 608-458-3145