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March 2019 Construction Update

29-Mar-2019

Spring has made its arrival in the Shenandoah Valley and much needed sunshine has brought a reprieve to the rain and winter temperatures. A year ago, we announced that BARC Connects had connected our first customers to our world-class broadband services. Despite the record amounts of rainfall our area has experienced over the last twelve months, new residential and commercial customers are getting connected every day.

Crews continue making strides with connections in Phase I of the fiber project in Rockbridge County and we are increasing capacity to build drops to residential customers to make up for time lost due to weather events and contractor staffing shortages. We have made staff adjustments including the addition of 3 contractor crews to increase productivity and get broadband to consumers as quickly as possible. This includes BARC Electric now building fiber service drops with our own crews.

Below are our current projections through June for all areas.

April - May:

• Installs – Greenhouse Road area

• Drops & installs – Fairfield to Cornwall

• Drops & installs – Cornwall to Lexington

May – June:

• Drops & installs – Conrock to Effinger

• Laterals & drops – Backdraft Road

• Drops & installs –Route 60 east and west

• Drops & installs – Effinger to Route 60 West (includes Sugar Creek)

Due to the robust demand for broadband from non-BARC Electric customers along Route 11 north, BARC will be replacing RANA vaults and pulling additional fiber to meet the demand. Unfortunately, this means additional time is needed to complete drops for the area and will add 3 to 6 months for connectivity to be completed for these consumers.

In looking at the downtown Lexington area more thoroughly, we have concluded this is a more complex build than originally anticipated. We are coordinating with the City of Lexington to better understand planned paving projects, location of underground utilities, while also paying attention to existing sidewalks and infrastructure. To be as respectful as possible to the downtown businesses and residents, we have decided to move the downtown Lexington fiber build to the end of the Phase I project, so that we can give it our full attention.

In addition to completing work in Phase I, the BARC engineering team continues working with contractors on the engineering and design for Phase 2 construction of the fiber project. Make ready construction, including right-of-way clearing and pole replacements, have already begun in some of the planned areas in Rockbridge and Bath counties.

If you have any questions or concerns about the project, our crews, or anything related to BARC services, please contact us at 800-846-2272 or via email at support@barcconnects.net.

You can always stay up to date on our progress by visiting www.barcconnects.net/news or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BARCElectricCooperative.

Below is an updated construction map with notes for the various areas where construction is underway.