Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Why not put power lines underground?


Would it be possible to consider putting all of the power lines (and telephone lines) underground that are visible along Highway 75 from East Fork through Ketchum?
    This is a key scenic corridor as one drives toward Ketchum (with amazing views of the Boulder Mountains). Once through Ketchum, one approaches the entrance to an extraordinarily scenic and natural region (the SNRA). My concern is that the current wooden poles already greatly detract from this scenic corridor. Replacing them with much taller utility poles made out of shiny steel with thick wires strung along them would further detract from this beautiful corridor along Highway 75 from East Fork through Ketchum and beyond. While Highway 75 is being torn up and widened from East Fork through Ketchum, is it not possible to take this opportunity to put all of these wires (including telephone wires) underground in order to preserve the priceless beauty of this area?
     Anyone who has comments regarding this can write to:  Dusty Parson, BLM Realty Specialist, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise, ID 83709 or send an email to blm_wo_king_woodriver@blm.gov.
Linda Pertel
Sun Valley

    Editor’s note: Idaho Power Co. plans to install a new 130-kilovolt transmission line through the northern part of the valley from Hailey to Ketchum. The line visible now along the highway is an Idaho Power distribution line. The plan calls for taller poles for the transmission line but does not call for installation of large-scale steel structures in the valley. To see the plan, go to: https://www.idahopower.com/pdfs/AboutUs/PlanningForFuture/ProjectNews/wrep/WREPFinal_Report.pdf.




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