Chugach is moving about a mile of transmission line adjacent to the Placer River as part of a road improvement project. The State Department of Transportation (DOT) is smoothing out the radius of the curve and putting in a new bridge over the Placer River. The work runs from Milepost 78 to 79 on the Seward Highway.
Working with contractor Northern Powerline Constructors (NPC), Chugach will move the transmission line that is currently next to the road, relocating it away from the roadway. The work includes installing four new structures and modifying three additional structures. Although the road project is scheduled for this summer, Chugach’s work is being done in March as the area is wetlands and there is significantly less environmental impact when the area is frozen. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has issued a permit to Chugach for the project.
While the job is underway, there will be intermittent road closers managed by NPC. To ensure safety, Chugach will advise USFS and a variety of stakeholder groups of the work being done to minimize any interactions between those working on the transmission line project and those recreating in the area.