Use of the helicopter will minimize impacts to the environment and significantly reduce the amount of time needed to complete the wire-stringing step of line construction from the ground. In addition to pulling in a guide rope to each of the structures, the helicopter will transport workers and their tools during the pulling process.
The helicopter crew is scheduled to begin work the week of September 12, 2011, and continue with intermittent flights through late 2013. While the typical flight will last just a few hours, helicopter activity will occur between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in residential areas and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday in certain non-residential areas.
The GSRP includes work along 39 miles of an existing transmission right-of-way between Ludlow, Mass., and Bloomfield, Conn. The 27-mile portion in Massachusetts includes new 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines, new and reconstructed 115-kV lines, two new switching stations and several substation upgrades.
For additional information on the Greater Springfield Reliability Project, please visit www.NEEWSprojects.com, or call 1-866-99NEEWS (1-866-996-3397).
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