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TOWN REPORTER <br />TOWN OF PARADISE VALLEY <br />6401 EAST LINCOLN DRIVE <br />October 2000 Volume 31, Issue 2 <br />UNDERGROUNDING UTILITY LINES <br />CONTINUES IN PARADISE VALLEY <br />T own residents may be wondering about the construction activity on <br />Lincoln Drive. Earlier this year, the Town and Arizona Public Service <br />(APS) agreed to underground the high voltage 69kv transmission <br />lines that run along Lincoln Drive from Mockingbird Lane to 32nd Street. The <br />next phase of the project will be to underground the 69kv lines on Mocking- <br />bird Lane south of Lincoln Drive, and McDonald Drive east to Scottsdale <br />Road. The cost of the project will be $5.4 million . APS will pay $1.2 million , <br />money that would be spent to upgrade the existing 69kv system of wood or <br />steel poles and aerial wiring. The project is expected to be complete by <br />2004. <br />Currently, the Town is trenching along Lincoln Drive, installing the under- <br />ground conduits that will accommodate the electrical, telephone and cable <br />lines. The actual conversion of the overhead wires to the underground sys- <br />tem will be done in two to three years, after all the underground conduits <br />along the entire route are in place. When completed , approximately 5.7 <br />miles of aerial wires and 99 power poles will have been eliminated and <br />placed underground , immensely improving the visual aesthetics of the Town. <br />The 69kv undergrounding has been phased over the next four years for <br />several reasons. Among them are budget considerations , waiting for adja- <br />cent neighborhood undergrounding district projects to be completed, coordi- <br />nating work with other capital improvement projects like the Lincoln Drive <br />pavement overlay project, and minimizing traffic disruption on major streets . <br />The technology for undergrounding 69kv transmission lines is fairly new, <br />whereby special aluminum conductors are housed in 6 inch diameter con- <br />duits placed in a trench. The narrow, fairly deep trench is backfilled with a <br />special mixture of concrete and fly-ash to help dissipate the heat from the <br />high voltage lines. <br />All underground utilities other than fiber optic lines must be kept a mini- <br />mum of 10 feet away from the 69kv underground lines. Accordingly, a 20- <br />foot wide protective utility corridor will be established along the route of the <br />(Continued on page 10) Undergrounding <br />69kv poles and transmission lines <br />along Lincoln Drive will be removed <br />and placed underground <br />INSIDE <br />The Mayor's Comer <br />Council Vacancy <br />Goldwater Memorial <br />Mummy Mountain Preserve Trust <br />Code Enforcement <br />Building Permit Activity <br />2 <br />3 <br />3 <br />4 <br />6 <br />7 <br />Fact Sheet Base Expenditure Adjustment <br />Sanitation Ordinance <br />Early Voting Ballot Request <br />Rural Metro Update <br />Burglary Prevention Tips <br />Committee Reports <br />8 <br />10 <br />11 <br />12 <br />13 <br />14