Project has started engineering work on
the Loop 101-Ray Road route for its
planned 69-kilovolt power line.
question not yet settled, according to
Bryan Patterson, Chandler's public works
director, is how to string the new
high-voltage lines along Ray Road where
there already are power lines on wooden
being considered is replacing the
existing wood poles with taller metal
poles that are stronger and can be
spaced farther apart, he said.
said there are 19 wood poles along Ray
Road today between Loop 101 and
McClintock that could be replaced by
approximately 14 or 15 metal poles, he
and Tempe officials, meanwhile, are
planning to use "aesthetics funds"
provided by SRP to bury nearly a mile of
the high-voltage line near residential
areas along southbound Price Road on the
west side of Loop 101 between Warner and
share of the cost to bury the portion of
the power line inside its city limits is
estimated at $1.25 million, according to
also will use about $895,000 in SRP
"aesthetics fund" money to bury the
power line for about one-quarter mile
along McClintock north of Ray road to
connect to the existing Houston
substation there, Patterson said.
brings Chandler's estimated investment
in burying the power line to
approximately $2.15 million.
investment to bury the controversial
power line along Loop 101 about a half
mile south of Warner Road has not been
announced, but is likely to be similar
to Chandler's $1.25 million.
1989, Salt River Project has allocated a
small portion of its construction budget
to an "aesthetics fund" that communities
can use to hide or bury unsightly
utility equipment. Each community
receives an annual allocation based on
how much work SRP has planned inside
the high-voltage HangerHouston power
line will tap about two years' worth of
Chandler's "aesthetics fund"
allocations, according to Patterson.
Tempe, meanwhile, has spent more than $3
million since the mid-i99os burying
smaller power lines along McClintock
Drive north of the Houston substation
and on other streets in the area,
according to Assistant City Manager Jeff
announced in December that it had
selected the Loop 101-Ray Road option,
a.k.a. "Option F' on the utility's route
spokesman Scott Harelson said at the
time that construction will take
close to five months."
expects demand for electricity to exceed
capacity by mid-2007 in the area is
bounded roughly by Baseline Road to the
north, Pecos Road to the south, Cooper
Road to the east and Rural Road to the
The new line through the
Kyrene Corridor is needed to avoid
overloading existing power lines in that
area, utility spokesmen say. It will
connect the Hanger substation at
Guadalupe Road and the Loop 101 freeway
with the Houston Substation on
McClintock Road, north of Ray Road.