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Largo to East Clearwater Pole Replacement Project

Duke Energy will replace approximately 24 wood transmission poles with new steel poles along a portion of an existing one-mile long, 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line beginning just east of N. Keene Rd. and north of Montclair Road, and running west to Kings Highway, just north of Byram Drive. This work will occur inside Duke Energy’s existing easements. The existing poles will be replaced near their current locations and will be approximately 5 feet taller than the existing poles.

This project is critical to ensuring continued reliability of the electric system in your area. Upgrading the electrical structures along the transmission line will harden the system and enhance reliability to homes, businesses and schools, preventing future potential outages.

Preliminary work, such as vegetation clearing and tree removal, will begin in the next few weeks in order to allow our team safe and unrestricted access to the transmission structures for construction of the new poles and to mitigate vegetation related outages. Trees are the number one cause of power outages. To ensure the continued delivery of safe, reliable power, Duke Energy has implemented a comprehensive vegetation management program designed to help prevent power outages due to trees.

In September, the easement area will be prepared for construction and this will include temporary fence removal and fence relocations where necessary. Line construction will begin in October and is expected to be completed by January 2013.

Property owners may see land surveyors or other representatives of Duke Energy accessing the easement through the side or backyard of their property who will be conducting pre-construction activities. The Duke Energy easement varies from between 25 to 50 feet in width on each side of the transmission line.

Upon completion of the project, all construction material and debris will be removed and the easement and right-of-way will be restored as close as possible to its original condition.

We appreciate your cooperation as we move through this important project.