Black Hills Energy to bury power lines in Art Alley

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Photo Courtesy of Black Hills Energy

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Black Hills Energy will replace its overhead electric power lines in Rapid City’s Art Alley with an underground infrastructure.

Wednesday, the company announced that they are making this change to improve safety and reliability of the power lines as well as to prepare for future growth downtown. This construction project will affect five blocks with overhead utility lines. The project will begin this week and is expected to last six weeks.

“By removing aging infrastructure, we will strengthen the resiliency of the downtown power grid and improve the overall aesthetic of one of Rapid City’s most unique and beloved displays of public art,” said Bo Secrest, Black Hills Energy’s Rapid City Operations Manager. “As we transform and modernize our infrastructure, Art Alley will also be transformed with expanded access to exposed brick walls and an open sky view.”

While Art Alley’s overhead power lines will be buried underground, the wall-mounted service lines to meters will remain above ground.

“Throughout the planning and implementation of this project, we will continue working closely with our customers and neighbors to minimize the impact on businesses, traffic flow and Downtown Summer Nights activities,” Secrest stated.

Although construction will take place primarily during business hours, from Monday through Friday, some after-hours outages will be required and are coordinated with customers in advance.

To support public safety and accommodate heavy equipment needed for construction, Black Hills Energy will block the west half of Art Alley, between 7th street and 6th street, for the duration of the project.

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