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Crews are at work in area towns upgrading power lines and towers owned by Eversource; the workers are also adding fiber optic lines to help expedite repairs if a power line goes out. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Eversource upgrades power lines, towers

Eversource, the region’s power company, is upgrading electrical wires in several areas. 

There is a fair amount of roadwork and other infrastructure work going on in the Northwest Corner right now, with water mains getting replaced and roads getting resurfaced.

The Eversource crews can be identified by their yellow signs saying Supreme Industries and by the distinctive mats of square logs that they put down to protect the grass.

“To help maintain electric system reliability in the Northwest Corner, we are upgrading a transmission right of way that runs through Canaan [Falls Village], Salisbury and Sharon,” said Eversource spokesman Frank Poirot.

“The upgrade involves replacing existing structures with steel structures. We are also installing new electric wires and upgrading the communication/grounding wire attached to the top of each structure.”

Last year, Eversource had crews out adding fiber optic lines that would help the company improve communications and speed up repairs; these wires are known within the company as “communication/grounding wire.”  

Poirot said that the work could continue through the end of 2020.

“Restoration of disturbed areas might continue through next spring.

“This work is just one example of the work we’re doing around the state to reinforce the electric grid and stay ahead of potential future problems.”

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