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Contractors working on Nebraska Public Power District’s line from Hoskins to Neligh is now using a helicopter to begin stringing shield wire.
Work has begin in a rural area on the west end of the line and is progressing east toward Norfolk. Project work will continue through May, when the 345,000-volt transmission line project is scheduled to be energized.
“Safety is our number one priority,” said NPPD’s Project Manager Jedd Fischer. “The helicopter may draw some attention from motorists. We want to make people aware of what is going on so they may be less distracted and follow safe driving practices.”
When completed, the 39-mile, 345,000-volt line will run between NPPD’s Hoskins substation located southwest of Hoskins, Neb., to a new substation northeast of Neligh. In addition, four 115,000-volt transmission line segments totaling 20 miles are being built from the new substation to existing lines.
NPPD Media Specialist Mark Becker said once the project is completed it will consist of a 39-mile line that runs from a substation located southwest of Hoskins, to a new substation located northeast of Neligh. Exiting the new Neligh substation will be an additional four 115,000-volt lines that total 20 miles and will connect to existing lines.
The new transmission lines are expected to enhance service to customers in north central Nebraska.