PSE&G, PPL kick off Susquehanna-Roseland power line construction

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Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) and PPL Electric Utilities will start construction of the Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on Sept. 3.

The Susquehanna-Roseland power line is being built to maintain the reliability of the electric grid for millions of people in the Northeast. The independent regional power grid operator, PJM Interconnection, ordered the new line to prevent violations of national standards for the operation of the nation's electric power grid.

The transmission project will begin with access road construction. Later in the construction process, crews will drill and pour new concrete foundations, remove the existing 85-year-old power line, set the new poles and install the new wires.

Construction in the four miles of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will take about six months to complete.

The Susquehanna-Roseland power line will run from Berwick, Pa., to Roseland, N.J. About 95 percent of this 145-mile route follows the path of an existing, aging power line that must be replaced because it is approaching the end of its useful life and is undersized for today's electricity demands. Following an existing power line route reduces the project's overall impact on people and the environment.

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