MOSES LAKE – Grant PUD crews are installing a new transmission line between Moses Lake and Ephrata to improve reliability for customers.
Throughout the upcoming weeks, drivers on state Route 17 will see crews working on the new line that will connect the Rocky Ford Substation with the Dover Substation located in Northeast Moses Lake on Patton Boulevard.
The transmission line, which includes 143 single poles, will run about eight miles along the north side of SR 17.
“A resilient transmission system is a key element of our local electric grid,” PUD Public Affairs Officer Ryan Holterhoff stated. “We’re committed to enhancing this critical link between regional power sources and our communities. As our communities grow, we are continually looking for ways to improve service reliability to better power our customer’s way of life.”
The estimated $7.95 million project is designed to enhance Grant PUD’s ability to restore service to homes or businesses in the event of an outage, as well as meet growing electric demands.
The new transmission line is expected to be completed by the end of the year and in service in early 2018.
The project is not expected to impact traffic along SR 17. Crews working on the line will be working off the highway and use a gravel access road parallel to the highway.
Grant PUD began exploring options for the new transmission line in 2012 and based on feedback after a series of public meetings, the route along SR 17 was selected for the project.