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Open house to discuss underground transmission line project

SPRING TWP., Pa. - Spring Township officials have received an update on a proposal by PPL to build an underground transmission line.

"We got some additional information from PPL" regarding the route of the State Hill-Berkshire underground transmission line project, Jay Vaughan, the Spring Township manager and director of public works, announced at Monday night’s board of supervisors meeting,

Vaughan shared that he had advised PPL Electric Utilities that South Dwight Street, which is part of PPL’s proposed route, is a busy, heavily traveled street.

"They are proposing to move it one block to the east," Vaughan said.

The new route will run southwest under Van Reed Road, then southeast under North Dwight Street. It will then turn east under Grandview Boulevard, before turning south under Howard Street to the connection point just south of Route 422.

Vaughan also shared that PPL is having an open house on March 15 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Inn at Reading in Wyomissing, where the utility will provide additional information. He also noted that PPL will notify people along the route by letter.

The State Hill-Berkshire underground transmission line project is a 1.2-mile, 69-kilovolt underground transmission line that will start at PPL’s State Hill substation in Spring Township and connect with an existing line near Route 422, west of Wyomissing.

PPL said the new line is needed to improve electric service for customers in the region by providing another source of power in the area. Currently, if a storm or equipment problem causes an outage on the transmission grid, thousands of customers could be without power for a long time until physical repairs can be made.

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