One aspect of the project is raising high tension electric transmission lines that cross the property for traffic to safely pass under. He said the electric utility can only de-energize those lines twice a year during low-demand times. Spinney said the de-energizing of the lines was supposed to be completed this month, but a revised schedule has not been sent from Duke Energy. He said there is an alternate plan to continue with the project if the power lines were not raised.
“They’ll have to raise them eventually,” Spinney said.
Dan Arthur, Monroe’s public works director, said Duke Energy will add cover to raise the elevation of the road over an underground BP pipeline that goes through the property where the road will be built. In addition, he said Duke Energy has indicated that two power poles will have to be raised so that they meet minimum clearances.
“I’m very excited about this project,” Arthur said. “I think it’s going to be a nice project for the city and also for Middletown.”