We’re working this year to bring new strength and flexibility to a stretch of transmission line in Carbon and Schuylkill counties – one of many reliability improvements we’re making across our service area.

We’re rebuilding almost seven miles of 69-kilovolt transmission line in Rush Township and Nesquehoning borough from single to double circuit. (That means it will have two independent lines on the same structure, not just one.)

This project will replace aging equipment, improving reliability – not just for this neighborhood, but for all customers served by the regional transmission network. Adding the second circuit also increases reliability and allows more control for system operators.

The rebuilding of the line began Feb. 28 and is expected to wrap up at the end of November. Reconstruction work will likely continue into the spring of 2019. (This work restores the area under the line to the same condition it was before the rebuild started.) Shown above is a helicopter flying over the line near the start of reconstruction work.

This work is expected to cost about $15.5 million.

Our system investments helped us reach our best-ever year for reliability in 2017, and we’re aiming for even further improvement with projects like this one.