WORK SET TO BEGIN ON NYSEG’s ITHACA TRANSMISSION PROJECT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rochester, NY, July 6, 2009 – Surveying and marking of rights of way (with stakes and flags) for NYSEG’s Ithaca Transmission Project are set to begin in early July. This work will be followed by selective vegetation clearing later in the month. Construction will begin this fall and continue through next spring.
At the site of a new substation in the Town of Lapeer (Cortland County) construction will involve clearing and other site preparation followed by installation of structures and equipment.
In addition to the new substation, the Ithaca Transmission Project includes:
- Construction of a new 15-mile, 115-kilovolt (kv) electric transmission line from the new substation to NYSEG’s Etna Substation in the Town of Dryden in Tompkins County.
- Rebuilding of an existing 15-mile, 115-kv line that currently runs from a switching station in Lapeer to the Etna Substation. (The new substation in Lapeer will replace the existing switching station.)
- Changes to the Etna Substation to accommodate the new transmission line.
The transmission line work will occur in existing and new rights of way. NYSEG has obtained the necessary new easements from property owners.
All of the new and rebuilt facilities are expected to be in service in mid-2010.
“This project will reinforce our Ithaca-area electricity delivery system,” said Keith Lorenzetti, NYSEG’s director - regional operations. “By building new facilities and upgrading existing ones, we can continue to provide the reliable electricity service that our customers expect and deserve.”
The New York State Public Service Commission has issued a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the project, has approved NYSEG’s Environmental Management & Construction Plan and has set a construction completion date of June 15, 2010.
Documents pertaining to the project are available for public review at Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca; Town of Dryden Town Hall, 65 East Main Street, Dryden; Town of Harford Town Hall, 394 Route 38, Harford; and Town of Lapeer Highway Department, Clarks Corners Road, Marathon.