Palmyra Township (Pike) supervisors, August 1st, approved terms of an road bond agreement that will be required of PPL Electric Utilities and their contractor, when an existing power line that crosses Kimbles Road is upgraded.

PALMYRA TWP. (Pike) - Palmyra Township (Pike) supervisors, August 1st, approved terms of an road bond agreement that will be required of PPL Electric Utilities and their contractor, when an existing power line that crosses Kimbles Road is upgraded.
Solicitor Anthony Waldron stated at the meeting that he learned from PPL, that the work had nothing to do with a conceived plan for a new transmission line, Project Compass, which remains only a proposal.

That latter project was brought up at the July 18th supervisors’ meeting, speculating that it was connected with work that would impact the township’s road. As has been clarified in The News Eagle, PPL responded after the initial story, to emphasize that Project Compass was announced a little more than a year ago, but has remained only a proposal. Alternate route options have not been drawn out. Their preliminary sketch showed a rough line crossing west to east through Pike County. The information on the project had stayed on PPL’s website, but PPL has taken it down since the July 18th meeting report was published in The News Eagle.

Rather, the work PPL is doing which affects Kimbles Road involves the existing Blooming Grove Line. PPL will be replacing the outdated wooden utility poles with steel mono-poles. Waldron related that they will be placed parallel to the old ones, and will not require as many poles.

Phase-1 of this upgrade is to occur in August and September 2017, with work to finish by April 2018.

The solicitor related that the project manager stated that PPL was to have taken care of the bond for any related road damage. Kimbles Road won’t have to be closed and may need a flagman only for brief intervals, to allow trucks to enter and leave the road where the PPL right-of-way intersects.

Kimbles Road was totally redone in 2014 following a much larger PPL project, when the Susquehanna-Roseland high transmission line was built, which replaced an existing line on the same path. Although the impact from trucks was not expected to be as much this time, the supervisors agreed to require a $250,000 bond for the whole road, with an excess maintenance agreement.

Waldron was hopeful that the agreement could be done by the August 15th supervisors’ meeting, at which time they can sign it.

Palmyra Township supervisors meet on the first and third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the municipal offices off Gumbletown Road. The office may be reached at 570-226-2230; visit online at www.palmyrapike.org.