A 1,200-foot transmission
line which runs through Snow Slide Gulch along Thane Road
in Juneau is now buried underground and protected from
the avalanche danger that gave the area its name.
AEL&P began the burial project this
summer, hoping to end a run of avalanche-induced outages
that have plagued the area for several winters.
The project was completed and the line energized in late
September, although one transmission line is still above
ground on wooden poles.
"Preventing these winter
outages will cut down on costly diesel generation while
our workers wait for safer conditions to make
repairs," said AEL&P's Office Manager Gayle
She noted that the
project should greatly reduce the potential
for an extended loss of power from Juneau's main
hydropower facility at Snettisham. "This
project will improve our reliability and save us all
money in the long run," she said.