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PPL plans to improve LV power lines should reduce outages

Published On: Apr 03 2013 11:14:06 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 03 2013 07:01:49 PM EDT

PPL proposes power line improvement project

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Lehigh Valley residents should see fewer power outages, thanks to power line improvements planned by PPL.

The electric company, based in Allentown, will rebuild a key power line that serves tens of thousands of homes and businesses in Northampton, Lehigh and Bucks counties.

According to the company, this project will make this particular line less vulnerable to storm damage from tree strikes, lightning and high winds.

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The line, called the Quarry-Seidersville transmission line, runs from PPL’s Quarry substation on the border of Bethlehem and Freemansburg to PPL’s Seidersville substation in Lower Saucon Township.

In addition to this project, the company is removing more trees around lines, rebuilding other electric delivery facilities throughout the region and installing new equipment on key local power lines.

PPL officials say the company is spending nearly $1 billion on more than 250 projects designed to improve operations and strengthen reliability.