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Downtown Pensacola Upgrades

Downtown Pensacola project — building a more resilient energy grid

The five-year, $86 million downtown Pensacola project will modernize the 70-year-old network delivering energy to homes and businesses in the area. Launched in March 2018, the downtown Pensacola underground modernization project will improve reliability and resiliency for current and future customers. (see map below)

This modernization of the energy network system under the streets and sidewalks involves replacement of concrete-encased duct systems, power cables, transformers and protection equipment.

Additional signage has been posted to let residents and visitors know that businesses are open during normal business hours.

Please observe social distancing guidelines and remain at least 6 feet away from workers.

Pardon our progress sign used during downtown Pensacola underground work informing area businesses are open

January 2021 Update:

  • Nighttime work continues as the pandemic restrictions for businesses are being eased. Work will be done on Sunday through Thursday nights from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Work is completed on Palafox Street and has moved to Intendencia Street between Jefferson Street and Palafox Street.
  • Work on Garden Street is completed.
  • Daytime crews will begin work throughout the downtown area starting mid-March to install cable in the newly installed duct. This work will include minimal lane restrictions and no noise interference.
  • We anticipate all excavation work to be completed by the end of March 2021.

Information current as of February 2021

Crews working underground in downtown Pensacola at night

Preserving our history

We are working closely with the University of West Florida’s archeology department to preserve any artifacts found in the work area, such as this old wine barrel that was discovered last year. Researchers believe the barrel formed the base of a well from the early American period.

Crews working underground in downtown Pensacola

Downtown Pensacola project timeline map

Crews working underground in downtown Pensacola
Crews working underground in downtown Pensacola at night
Crews working underground in downtown Pensacola at night
Crews working underground in downtown Pensacola at night
Palafox Street partially closed while crews work underground in downtown Pensacola

Questions?

Please contact Rick Byars, Gulf Power regional manager for corporate external affairs, at (850) 572-7449 or Charles.Byars@NextEraEnergy.com.