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Project creates construction jobs in Connecticut

Posted on November 19, 2013

The transmission project begun last summer has resulted in the creation of construction jobs in Connecticut.

Connecticut Light & Power has created a $70 million electric transmission line project in Waterbury, Middlebury and Oxford.

The project calls for replacing a row of older steel transmission towers with new steel monopole structures. Work will be done on the existing 21-mile right-of-way from the Stevenson Dam in Monroe through the towns of Oxford, Middlebury, Waterbury and Watertown.

Today’s technology-driven society relies more than ever on a strong electric transmission grid, which requires periodic maintenance and improvement. In addition to improving reliability of the electric grid, this project will enhance customer access to cleaner, competitively priced power.

Construction began in August and the new line is expected to go into service in 2014. This work will not interrupt service to homes or businesses.

“Making investments like this in the region’s infrastructure ensures that homes and businesses receive the safe, reliable power needed for today and for the future,” said David Boguslawski, Northeast Utilities’ Vice President of Transmission Strategy & Operations. “This project will also bring critically-needed economic benefits to the towns along the route by creating jobs during construction and generating new property tax revenue for years to come.”

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