Pacific Gas and Electric Co. alerted the public Thursday that it is -- and for a few months will continue to be -- doing highly visible electrical work on the west side of town.
The company is upgrading 12 miles of transmission lines from Bear Mountain Boulevard north to Rosedale Highway roughly along Coffee Road.
The work involves replacing existing copper wire with aluminum, replacing wood poles with steel poles and installing other new equipment.
It's all an effort to improve electrical reliability for almost 2,000 homes and businesses and accommodate future growth on the west side of town, said PG&E spokeswoman Katie Allen.
The work should not interrupt electrical service while it's under way, Allen said. She said motorists may see lane closures when the work crosses such major thoroughfares as the Westside Parkway, White Lane, Ming Avenue and Stockdale Highway.
PG&E installed safety structures along major Bakersfield roadways to ensure safety during work on this project.
The electrical upgrades began last month and should be finished in April, Allen said.