The utility has worked for more than a year to update old equipment at eight different locations and bury miles of electric distribution lines formerly strung along tall roadside poles. The service area includes more than 4,000 residential and commercial customers, extending from the intersection of County Road 44 and U.S. Highway 441 near Sleepy Hollow Road east toward County Road 473.
The Electric Department will implement necessary equipment updates beginning at 2 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. Customers in that area may experience brief service interruptions expected to last no more than two to five minutes per location. Work should be completed by 4 a.m.
The Electric Department currently is notifying customers including businesses and those with special medical needs. Customers with questions should call (352) 728-9786.
Improvements are intended to reduce the frequency and duration of electric service outages in east Leesburg. New equipment will allow faster notification to the utility about service interruptions. Buried utility lines prevent outages typically caused by falling tree branches, wildlife, lightning or vehicle accidents.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday.