Entergy on March 16 said that Entergy Mississippi recently completed a $31m project that involves the new Mill Street substation and certain infrastructure upgrades.
The project provides “an additional source of power into the City of Jackson and supports the expanding Fondren community and Jackson medical corridor, including UMMC and Children’s Hospital,” Entergy Mississippi President and CEO Haley Fisackerly said in the statement. “Our investment enhances grid reliability for the entire metro area and represents our commitment to ensure a strong, modern grid that can support continued growth in our communities.”
The surrounding area that encompasses Northside Drive, Mill Street and Bailey Avenue will benefit from the new facilities, which can enhance economic development in that part of the city, the company said.
Crews worked for about a year building the substation, which taps into the existing Fondren-to-Monument Street 115-kV line, Entergy said, adding that crews also built about one mile of 115-kV transmission line and upgraded 3.5 miles of aging 115-kV infrastructure along Watkins Drive and Bailey Avenue to connect the existing Rex Brown substation to the new substation.
Entergy Mississippi on March 16 told TransmissionHub that the section along Watkins Drive and Bailey Avenue that was upgraded is the Hico-Fondren 115-kV line.