NPPD to upgrade power line north of Norfolk

January 15, 2013

Public awareness and safety advised

Norfolk – Travelers on Highway 81, north of Norfolk, are asked to practice safety, stay alert, and aware of construction when traveling north out of Norfolk this Tuesday and Wednesday. Nebraska Public Power District crews will be stringing electrical conductor between transmission structures on either side of Highway 81, approximately one mile north of Norfolk.

“Safety is NPPD’s number one priority,” said NPPD Project Manager Bernard Anderson. “We want the public to be safe and aware there will be about one dozen crew members and various pieces of equipment, not on the road, but in the vicinity.”

The conductor is not energized, but crews, trucks, and power line equipment will be on either side of the road. The Nebraska State Patrol and NPPD’s crews will be helping to safely direct traffic through the construction work, which will begin at 7 a.m. and conclude at nightfall.

“NPPD is replacing 10.5 miles of the high-voltage power line with new conductor designed to carry more energy and support more electrical load in the north central part of the state,” said Anderson. “The upgrade will reinforce the area which experienced some energy constraints last summer when our electrical load demand was high during the drought.”

The project is estimated to cost $1.8 million and is one of several transmission line projects NPPD has underway to increase the reliability of its electrical grid throughout the state.