Our goal at Duke Energy is to provide reliable energy day and night to the communities we serve. To keep that commitment, we're improving an existing 4.7-mile section of high-voltage transmission line spanning the Ohio communities of Columbia Township, Fairfax, Mariemont and Newtown. Construction is planned to get underway in August and be completed by late 2017 or early 2018.
An effective and robust transmission infrastructure maintains system reliability, meets regulatory requirements and fulfills the growing needs of our customers. This project is part of Duke Energy's commitment to improve the reliability of our energy transportation system as we progressively power the lives of our customers and the vitality of our communities.
The project involves rebuilding an existing 4.7-mile section of 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line from our Fairfax Substation at 6215 Murray Road to the intersection of Broadwell and Mount Carmel roads. This project includes replacing approximately 119 wood utility poles with galvanized steel poles and other associated equipment.
The new steel poles are more reliable and require less ongoing maintenance (and therefore disturbance to neighborhoods) and lower replacement costs.
These poles are about 5 to 10 feet taller than the wood poles.
Seasonal mowing to clear the way for construction activity will begin in July.
Staking and survey work within the Duke Energy easement will begin in August.
There may be lulls in construction activity.
Upon completion of the project, the easement will be restored as closely as possible to its original condition.
Benefits to the Community
Improves power quality and reliability, including during severe weather events.
Property owners were first informed about the project in a letter dated June 13, 2016. The letter explained how the project required clearing a significant amount of vegetation on the hillside adjacent to Wooster Pike/Route 50 between Newtown Road, ending near Avoca Park north of the Little Miami River. The intense vegetation removal has been completed.
Additional pre-construction activities were detailed in a July 6, 2016, letter to property owners.
A June 23, 2017, letter was sent to property owners to summarize the project and detail summer construction activities.