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Power line project moving toward construction start  

A proposal to construct over 10,000 feet of power line to reach a proposed wind power project in Redington Township could be decided next month.

Bill Gilmore, code enforcement officer of Carrabassett Valley, said about 20 people attended a Wednesday night hearing about a plan to build the transmission lines and improve existing logging roads as part of the project.

Following a roughly 15-minute presentation from representatives of Maine Mountain Power, the company proposing the project, Gilmore said there were few questions.

“I heard no negative comments,” said Gilmore, who said the portion of the project that would be in Carrabassett Valley will have little impact.

The Carrabassett Valley Planning Board could decide on the project next month.

The vast majority of the windpower project, including road construction, erection of wind turbines and the construction of power lines, will take place in unorganized townships or plantations, which are under the jurisdiction of the Land Use Regulation Commission.

Maine Mountain Power will also improve roads in Carrabassett Valley, but those roads are mostly existing logging roads.

That road network will roughly parallel the transmission line construction.

The transmission line through the northwest corner of Carrabassett Valley would consist of a 150-foot-wide cleared corridor with “H-frame” utility towers.

A decision on the portion of the project in the Land Use Regulation Commission jurisdiction is expected this fall.

By Alan Crowell, Staff Writer
Alan Crowell– 474-9534, Ext. 342


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