Michigan Avenue electric line project moving forward

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. - A Cleveland Utilities plan to strengthen power infrastructure in the Michigan Avenue community, which includes Whirlpool and the Cleveland Regional Jetport, is well into the design phase.

The project, which received a $250,000 grant through the Community Development Block Grant Supplemental Disaster Recovery Fund, calls for building an electrical tie line along Peach Orchard Hill Road, from Benton Pike to Michigan Avenue. The area suffered damage during the April 2011 storms.

In a recent meeting, electric division officials discussed the project's complexity with utility board members.

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Electrical engineer Jeff Luther described his use of computer-aided design and drafting software that allowed him to plug in thousands of GPS points and an assortment of variables - including terrain, structures, roads, weather and electrical loads - to determine optimal pole placements.