If every journey starts with a first step, then the residents of Hickman, Humphreys, Houston, Lewis and Perry counties are on their way to a more automated, reliable electric system and fast, reliable broadband. Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative and Meriwether Lewis Connect are busy with construction and planning.
Phase I construction started in Waverly on October 16 and is progressing on schedule to meet a possible early March “go live” date. The first phase, which includes in and around the cities of Waverly, Hohenwald, Centerville, New Johnsonville, Erin, Tennessee Ridge, McEwen, Linden, and then Lobelville (in this order), will be the backbone for the entire five-county project.
Engineering design contractors are currently working in Hohenwald and Centerville so that these areas will be ready when construction can begin. The goal is to be serving everyone in Phase I by the end of 2019.
“We’re excited about getting started and appreciate all the support we’ve received from the community,” says MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan. “We encourage everyone to register on the website, or stop by the local office to complete a short form to let us know they are interested. Knowing the areas of greatest interest will help guide Phase II’s construction plan and provide a way to reach residents when we are ready to connect people in their neighborhood.”
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