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Hope line projects will improve service
Chugach is continuing a series of projects that will improve service for Hope-area members and cut maintenance costs. Customers served by the Hope substation have had greater-than-average outage time in recent years. Bad weather, beetle-killed trees and difficult-to-access sections of line have all contributed to the problem.
In a 2006 study, Chugach identified a series of projects that would address problems along the 17.7-mile radial distribution line. Using a combination of federal and state programs and grants, along with utility capital, Chugach is approaching full implemention of the study’s recommendations.
A pair of 2013 projects will greatly improve things. One is relocating about 3.5 miles of line to move it out of the forest and nearer the Hope Highway. The second is making the line more resistant to avalanches across a pair of slide chutes. Both projects are funded primarily by the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, augmented by Chugach capital. The HMGP uses a combination of FEMA and State of Alaska funds.
The line relocation and the avalanche mitigation projects started this fall and are expected to be operationally completed before the end of the year.
The final project (expected to be completed by spring), is funded by a State grant combined with Chugach capital. It will relocate about a mile of line in Section 3. Once again, the intent is to move the line nearer the highway so that problems can be more quickly found and fixed.