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Pennsylvania transmission line highlights capabilities

Michels Corporation’s reputation for meeting our customers’ needs was displayed in Lackawanna, Penn. when crews built a 3.8-mile, 230kV triple-bundle transmission line. This triple-bundle line is Michels’ longest to date and connects the Lackawanna substation to a new one.

Michels showcased our diverse capabilities by having two of our operational groups work together to make the project successful. In addition to the transmission line installation, Michels built 37 concrete foundation shafts for the steel monopoles on the transmission line. Each pole held nine strands of conductor and two fiber optic cables. Supporting the triple-bundle conductor is a weighty task. It weighs 1.79 pounds per foot of individual conductor, or 28,000 pounds per bundled phase for a 1-mile pull.

Because much of the work was done aerially, the crews worked around wind and weather conditions to safely complete the project.

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