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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Helicopter used to prepare placing power lines

  • LAKE REGION- Something like a spider spinning its web, a helicopter was sweeping from power pole to power pole with a rope on Thursday, June 12, preparing to string power lines. The work was being done in the Hawley area.
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  • LAKE REGION- Something like a spider spinning its web, a helicopter was sweeping from power pole to power pole with a rope on Thursday, June 12, preparing to string power lines. The work was being done in the Hawley area.
         PPL's Susquehanna-Roseland high transmission power line poles average 175 feet high.
         Paul Wirth, spokesman, said that controlled implosions will be taking place to splice the transmission line. The splicing will take place on the PPL right-of-way in this area of Route 6 over the next two weeks.
       This method is faster and more reliable that using a hydraulic press to fuse the segments together, Wirth noted. Using implosice chargesalso reduces the cost of construction and maintenance. They are loud, however, and PPL has taken steps to notify nearby residents that to expect the intermittent noise. Automoted phone messages, letters and knocking on doors have all been employed.
       Line segments are cut manually from large spools, and the implosives are used to fuse segments together as needed. Specialized contractors are utilized.
        The helicopter was stringing a rope that passes through pulleys on each pole, used to draw up the transmission lines.
       PPL has a You Tube video explaining the implosive charges.
    See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0Q1ztzQfpI

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