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Duquesne Light to remove poles as part of agreement in Edgeworth

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

More than a year after a power-distribution line was strung along Route 65 in Edgeworth, utility poles that were to be removed as part of the project could begin being taken out by the end of the month, a Duquesne Light spokesman said.

As part of a 2011 agreement to place a 23-kilovolt distribution line on Edgeworth property — along the southbound lanes of Route 65 — Duquesne Light officials were to have 18 utility poles removed.

Borough Manager Marty McDaniel estimated about 12 poles remain standing.

Remaining poles will be removed, Duquesne Light spokesman Joey Vallarian said.

“The remaining poles still have some communications cables on them, which will be removed the last week of October,” he said.

The reason the poles have not come down is because remaining utilities — including phone, cable, Internet and fiber-optic — with wires using those poles must be removed, Vallarian said.

“Many times, this requires an engineering solution to be done before hand, as well as outages with customers, which is what is going on now,” he said. “As soon as everything is off, the poles will be removed.”

Duquesne Light leaders in 2011 proposed a power-distribution line through Edgeworth. After residents asked that the line not run along borough streets, municipal leaders and officials with the power company agreed on a plan to run the wire along Route 65.

The initial proposal could have removed several trees along the northbound lanes of Route 65 between Edgeworth and Church lanes.

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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