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Green Mountain Power Reliability Project Wrapping Up

17 April 2015

Final step includes line crossing I-89 Sunday morning

Colchester, VT… Green Mountain Power is on the verge of completing a major upgrade to the electrical system that will improve reliability in northern Chittenden County. The final step includes running three lines across I-89 early Sunday morning, which will cause some traffic delays.

“We know there will be some inconvenience for early morning travelers,” said Dorothy Schnure, GMP spokesperson. “But the result will be improved reliability in the region as well as cost savings from being able to delay building a new substation in Essex.”

 As part of the reliability upgrade, Green Mountain Power replaced 60-year-old transmission lines that were located in a hard-to-reach wetland area. The new line will be more accessible and will provide an important back-up system for delivering electricity into Winooski and parts of Colchester.

Work will begin at 6 a.m. Sunday, April 19, ending at approximately 9 a.m. State police will block on-ramps and slow traffic to allow Green Mountain Power crews to safely pull the wires. There will be three 20-minute delays during the three hour period. Motorists should consider seeking other routes.

 

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Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and has a vision to be the best small company in America by partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and transform communities.  GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com. Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower. 

 



Dorothy Schnure, Green Mountain Power, (802) 655-8418