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Chelan PUD plans transmission pole replacement at Horse Lake Reserve

by Rachel Hansen | Oct 09, 2020

Trail users can expect short-term, intermittent closures along the Horse Lake Trail system from mid-October to mid-November while Chelan PUD replaces four wooden transmission line structures with steel poles.

The project is part of an effort to protect critical power lines from wildfire, and reduce long-term maintenance needs in the area. The project is being done in collaboration with the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT).

“The PUD asked us to review their plans and determine the least disruptive method of getting this essential work done,” said Hanne Beener, CDLT Trails Manager.

The intermittent trail closures are necessary for public safety while a helicopter flies in materials overhead, and crews operate heavy machinery in the area. Trail users will also see flaggers and signs at the work site.

“The construction timeline is tight between fire season and wet conditions in the fall,” says Steve Wickel, Transmission Engineering Manager at Chelan PUD. “By using a helicopter, we can reduce the number of trips to the work site with materials and heavy equipment, and reduce impacts to the reserve. After the work is finished, the site will be seeded to help restore natural habitat for the long term.”

The work schedule is dependent on weather, which can be unpredictable in fall. Before heading to the foothills, be sure to check chelanpud.org or cdlandtrust.org for trail status updates.

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