Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative members in southern Washington and northern Austin counties will experience temporary power outages today (Wednesday), as crews complete an upgrade to electric distribution lines.
Bluebonnet will interrupt power between 9 and 11 a.m. to about 345 members in the Phillipsburg and Kenney areas.
The planned outage will affect members on or near SH 36 South, FM 2754, Tegeler Road, New Wehdem Road, Loop 497, Phillipsburg Church Road, Kiemsteadt Road, Rocky Road, Dabney Road, Sempronious Road, Stern Road, Wonder Road, Church Road, Schroeder Road and Bilski Lane.
The upgrade will increase the voltage carried through the power lines and is needed to continue reliably serving a growing number of homes in the area.
“Safety is always our primary concern on any job, especially with the number of crews and trucks it takes to do this system upgrade,” said Matt Bentke, Bluebonnet’s general manager. “We will have more than 100 Bluebonnet employees and contractors, and about 60 vehicles in the area working to complete this conversion with as little impact on our members as possible. We take every precaution possible to make these jobs safe, and ask that residents and business owners in the area be extra cautious and aware of our crews.”