Power line work aided by helicopter

A helicopter flies from Voltaire Canyon in Carson City on July 10, 2022.

A helicopter flies from Voltaire Canyon in Carson City on July 10, 2022.

Helicopters are flying in power poles and equipment to rebuild the NV Energy transmission lines between Carson City and Glenbrook.

Work has been underway in the Spooner Summit and Voltaire Canyon area since June 27.

This project includes timber removal and construction-related activities along 9.23 miles of the existing power line corridor on approximately 56 acres of private, state, and federal lands.

At this time, NV Energy will only be working on the portion of the project from Voltaire Canyon to the east side of Spooner Summit, which includes parts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The other sections of the project will be completed at a later date.

“This rebuild project will improve service reliability, make the line more resilient and help mitigate wildfire risk,” said NV Energy spokeswoman Jennifer Schuricht. “Much of the work will be done by helicopter, minimizing impacts to the environment. In conventional construction, crews build access roads and drive trucks to the work site, but aerial construction transports workers, equipment, and materials by flying them into place with the aid of a long, synthetic rope suspended beneath the helicopter.”

There may be some traffic delays primarily in the Spooner Summit area of Highway 50. The Tahoe Rim Trail, Clear Creek Trail, Spooner Summit Trailhead, and Spooner Summit South Day Use Area will remain open for public use.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit signed the decision memo in August 2021 authorizing the power line rebuild.


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