Turnagain Pass power lines to get upgrade
(AP) — Extreme snowfall, avalanches and icing wiped out power lines across Turnagain Pass on the Kenai Peninsula again this winter, and a project is underway to replace them.
Alaska Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/12LrCt7 ) in all, 21 spans of the transmission line sagged to the ground during a storm.
The fifteen miles being replaced this winter will add to the amount of the 90-mile line that was replaced after 2011 avalanches.
A $15 million appropriation from the Legislature will pay for replacing the highest priority section of the line, through the mountains above Turnagain Arm along the Seward Highway.
Chugach Electric Association Spokesman Phil Steyer says the line was built in 1962, and is badly in need of replacement.