The City of Alcoa Electric Department (AED) announces a project set to begin on Monday, March 20, and finish in three weeks for herbicide treatment of invasive and overgrown species on circuits out of Proffitt Springs and Blockhouse Substations. The City of Alcoa will provide updates if this timeframe changes.
AED contracted the company US Applicators, specializing in herbicide treatments that target specific species without harming other plants and trees. Crews will be treating service areas surrounding Proffitt Springs and Blockhouse Substations with an EPA approved herbicide. The herbicide is applied using low-volume methods and individual crew members target species that can grow up into the conductors. If left untreated future issues can arise. Compatible species such as dogwoods, redbuds, etc., will not be targeted or treated with the herbicide. This herbicide treatment will not affect the air quality in the surrounding service areas.
Proffitt Springs Substation area includes Louisville Road, Proffitt Springs Road, Middlesettlements Road, West Hunt Road, Airbase Road, Topside Road, Miser Station Road, and others. Blockhouse Substation area includes Best Road, Carpenter’s Grade Road, Ridge Road, Montvale Road, Blockhouse Road, Old Piney Road, Six Mile Road, and others.
Motorists should use caution when driving through these areas as crews will be present. AED thanks you for your patience as we work to provide reliable power to our customers and residents.
For more information, please call (865) 380-4800.