CL&P to Use Helicopter on Lines

Roads could be closed as the project us completed.

A low-flying helicopter will help string power lines for a Connecticut Light & Power transmission project on Monday in Manchester.

The pilot will fly sideways as he's guiding the line into pulleys at each power pole for a three mile stretch in the area of Interstate 84 and Interstate 291 between West Center and Burnham streets.

The helicopter will fly over a three-mile stretch from Tolland Turnpike to Alcott Street and refuel every hour at the old town dump.

Manchester and state police will be in the area and might have to shut down some roads so the chopper can get in and out safely. 

Doing the project from the air might look complicated, but officials from CL&P said it saves a lot of time and money. It also reduces the impact in the environment, officials said.

The work is expected to finish Wednesday, completing an important part of a $29 million upgrade that should be done by the end of the year.

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