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Public Service Electric & Gas and PPL Electric Utilities will start construction of the Susquehanna-Roseland power line project in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on Sept. 3.

The power line will run from Berwick, Pa., to Roseland, N.J. The utilities say about 95% of this 145-mile route follows the path of an existing, aging power line that must be replaced because it is approaching the end of its useful life and is undersized for today's electricity demands.

The project will begin with access road construction. Crews will then drill and pour new concrete foundations, remove the existing 85-year-old power line, set new poles and install new wires. Construction is expected to take about six months to complete.

The utilities note the Susquehanna-Roseland power line is being built to maintain the reliability of the electric grid in the Northeast. PJM Interconnection ordered the new line to prevent violations of national standards for the operation of the nation's electric power grid.




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