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C Spire brings fiber to business district

Q

: What are the C Spire trucks and workers doing to
downtown Brookhaven streets?

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: C Spire is installing C Spire Fiber for some downtown business. Public Works Director Steve Moreton said the team will be coming up Railroad Avenue on their way to Hurst Review.

Moreton said the installment is underway via a permit the company filed with the city. He said another permit is in the works to bring C Spire Fiber to the Chamber of Commerce and some businesses on West Chickasaw. He said that permit in particular has yet to be approved.

The crew is boring into the sidewalk to bring wires up to the businesses that will be utilizing C Spire’s Fiber services. Moreton said the company must bore because the city doesn’t allow for open trench work, which disrupts streets much more than boring does.

“There’s a lot of stuff under the sidewalk nobody knows about,” Moreton said about the world of conduits and pipes that transport services between businesses downtown.

Moreton said the engineering company C Spire uses submits a set of drawings along with an application to purchase a permit. Moreton and Brookhaven Water and Sewer Superintendent Keith Lewis then review the drawings. Before any kind of destruction or construction can happen the gas and water companies must be contacted to make sure the construction will not interfere with any of their services.

“All they’ve done has been in the business district, and they’ve done a lot,” Moreton said.

The work being done downtown is separate from the C Spire Fiber to the Home Initiative. The city has not signed a contract with C Spire in regards to residential fiber.