High-Flying Work Around New Power Line

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LAKE TOWNSHIP -- Work is now underway in Wayne County on a major power line project that has been talked about for years.

PPL's Susquehanna Roseland line will cut through several counties in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Work began last fall in some locations but now that it's come to Wayne County, people there say they're getting quite a show.

How about this for a ride to work? Two guys dangled from a helicopter as it carried them off to a utility tower near Lake Ariel. They're part of the big crew now working in Wayne County on PPL's Susquehanna Roseland power line project.

And the flying workers are hard to miss.

"Oh, it's been pretty cool. They fly by, they have ladders hanging on trip, people hanging the next trip.  It's been very interesting," said John Nichols.

Nichols has been watching the aerial show from Charcoal Chuck's Barbeque right next to the power line.

Not only are the workers transported by helicopter, the gear and equipment they're using are also going by air.

But many of those watching it all are glad to be on the ground.

"Never, never, ever get up in that bucket, no way," said Nichols. "These guys look too comfortable up there. I could never do that."

The work being done now is to take down these towers and lines and replace them with much higher towers and lines carrying much more electricity.  It will eventually run from Berwick to New Jersey.

"It's interesting; I'm really intrigued by the whole thing."

Penny Reining trains horses at her farm right along the power line. She says all the noise from the helicopter is actually helping her horses.

"I welcome it. It desensitizes my animals for any shows or anything else that we want to do."

Not all were in favor of this Susquehanna Roseland line.  It was controversial and did have resistance.

But PPL says the $500 million power line coming from the nuclear power plant near Berwick will create 2,000 jobs during the three-year project.

And at least some living along the line don't seem to mind watching their high flying work.

"It's pretty interesting.  My granddaughter wants to go for a ride.  She's two and a half," said Reining.

Crews on the job say workers from more than 40 states are involved in the Susquehanna Roseland project, but again many of them are from our area.

The line is expected to be done in the summer of 2015.