Construction is underway on a new
69-kilovolt Salt River Project power
line through the Kyrene Corridor – a
project that a year ago had
residents up in arms over the threat
of the utility stringing the
high-voltage wire on poles through
areas where there are no overhead
and the cities of Tempe and Chandler
eventually reached agreement on
where the new 69-kV line would be
buried to appease homeowners despite
the huge increase in costs per mile.
new power line will connect the
Hanger substation at Guadalupe Road
and the Loop 101 freeway with the
Houston Substation on McClintock
Road, north of Ray Road. Linking
these two substations will
effectively tie together all of the
substations in that portion of the
SRP power system to help ensure
Hanger-to-Houston Project consists
of about 4.3 miles, with about 1.2
miles underground and the rest –
mostly along Ray Road. SRP estimates
it will cost about $3 million per
mile to bury the line and
approximately $300,000 per mile to
string the line on poles.
Construction began about two weeks
ago along Price Road in Tempe near
the Chandler border and SRP hopes to
be at Warner Road at the riser pole
by the Monday after Thanksgiving.
After Thanksgiving, work will move
south into Chandler.
timetable calls for workers to dig
trenches and install conduit along
southbound Price Road through the
end of the year. In January, workers
should begin relocating an SRP
irrigation line, installing cable
and electrical lines, and restoring
sidewalks and landscaping that is
being torn up along the way.
Access on southbound Price Road will
be restricted during the duration of
the construction, while ingress and
egress on Ranch Road, La Vieve Lane,
Caroline Lane, Seville Boulevard and
Park Avenue will be closed for a
short duration as crews trench
across the roads.
plans to have the new power line
ready by next summer.