Helicopters preserve environmental integrity of PSEG transmission line

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Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) is using helicopter construction as a pragmatic solution to minimize the environmental impacts of its Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line project.

PSE&G decided that approaching the job from the air was the most practical, as crew transport and tower installation will reduce trucks, cranes and other project equipment traveling along environmentally sensitive areas. Further, approximately 6 miles and 13 acres of net access roads will be avoided by using helicopter construction.

The 500,000-volt transmission line which follows an existing power line for 45 miles through 16 municipalities between Pennsylvania and New Jersey was mandated by PJM Interconnection -- the regional entity responsible for planning the transmission system -- after determining that the new line was necessary to ensure reliable electric service. The power line project also received approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

For more:
- see the fact sheet
- see the construction schedule

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