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Avista Updating Power Lines to Ensure Reliability in Big Creek to Avery Area
Lines will be put underground because of difficulty in reaching area for maintenance and repairs

Aug. 22, 2013: Avista will be installing underground power cable along the Potlatch Road east of Calder, Idaho from mile marker 4.0 near Big Creek to mile marker 7.25. Work will begin Aug. 26 and is expected to be completed by Oct 1.
 
During that time, areas of Potlatch Road may be closed for up to eight hours. Signs will be posted at the entrance to Potlatch Road at Calder and at the Marble Creek Bridge alerting travelers to a delay. 
 
After the underground cable is installed, Avista crews will transfer customers in the area from Big Creek to Avery, Idaho to the new power lines and remove the old overhead lines. Customers in that area may experience short outages during the transfer to the new underground power lines.
 
The work is being done to replace aging overhead infrastructure in rugged terrain that is difficult to access, repair and maintain. The new underground infrastructure will increase reliability for customers from Big Creek to Avery.  
 
“We apologize to customers and those who regularly use Potlatch Road for any inconvenience they may experience while this work is underway. At the end, customers should be pleased with the increased reliability,” said Larry Hager, Avista’s district manager for St. Maries. “I encourage customers who may be impacted by the project to visit our website at avistautilities.com to make sure their current phone number is on record with Avista. That way, they will receive notices by phone on outages that will impact them.”
 
About Avista Utilities
Avista Utilities is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy. We provide energy services and electricity to 362,000 customers and natural gas to 322,000 customers in a service territory that covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million.  Avista Utilities is an operating division of
Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA). For more information, please visit www.avistautilities.com.
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