Avista installation project in Moscow completed early

MOSCOW, ID - A $200,000 Avista Utilities installation project in Moscow was completed Monday night, four days earlier than expected.

About a mile of fiber-optic cable was installed, old copper transmitters were replaced with aluminum wires, and wooden poles were replaced with steel ones. This is part of a larger $7.5 million transmission rebuild project that will improve the power lines between Moscow and Lewiston.

"These are not small projects, but their long-time investments replacing a very old and aged infrastructure," said Avista Regional Business Manager Paul Kimmel. "So again, it's all about grid modernization."

The City of Moscow had to close a portion of the Paradise Creek Path while Avista was working on the installation, but the path was re-opened Tuesday morning. Now that the project is complete, electricity in Moscow should be more reliable, and the fiber optic cable will improve communication between the Moscow sub-stations and the main controllers in Spokane. The entire transmission rebuild project between Moscow and Lewiston will be completed in 2014.