Underground utility work begins at ECCC

Underground utility work begins at ECCC

From staff reports

A project to place the majority of the overhead utility lines at East Central Community College underground is underway on the campus in Decatur, according to a news release from the college.

All above-ground electrical, telephone, fiber optic and other utility lines are being placed underground from Broad Street on the front of campus to 10th Street on the north side of campus.

Work began in June, and the timeline calls for the project to be completed by December 2017.

ECCC President Billy Stewart said, in a statement, that the work would improve campus aesthetics and also serve as a “hazard mitigation project” to “reduce the risk of damage to property or person during hazardous situations.”

“It is an important component of the 5-Year Campus Master Plan and will also allow ECCC to serve as a staging center during emergency situations when power is out elsewhere,” Stewart added in the statement.

Most of the funding for the $1.2 million project comes through the state of Mississippi, according to the college’s news release. Stewart expressed gratitude to State Representative Randy Rushing, representing District 78 and Leake, Newton, and Scott counties, along with other members of the five-county legislative delegation.

Planned power outages and road closures will be planned in work areas, but Stewart said college officials hope to plan outages during non-peak times.

The project is under the supervision of that state of Mississippi Bureau of Building, Grounds, and Real Property Management. The engineer for the project is Schultz & Wynne PA of Jackson, and the contractor is Webster Electric Co. Inc. of Meridian.

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