Coconino National Forest is considering a proposal from Arizona Public Service to replace static wire along the power line with fiber optic cable for approximately 34 miles of transmission line that serve the communities of McGuireville and the Village of Oak Creek.
The U.S. Forest Service said the project is needed to allow for more instantaneous communication through the use of fiber optic cable and to provide a safer and more reliable electric service, according to the project’s scoping notice. The line crosses the Flagstaff Ranger District, Red Rock Ranger District, state lands and private land. Any construction would consist of:
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- road maintenance work,
- structure replacement, installation, and removal including anchor replacement or new installation and
- pulling and permanently affixing fiber optic cable to the existing power line structures.
The construction would be done over two planned outages in summer 2020 and fall 2020, but would not result in power loss to the customers in the APS service area, the forest service explained.
The Forest Service asks people submit public comments before Feb. 14, 2020. People can submit email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include “APS Coconino-verde 230kV Fiber Optic Improvement Project” in the subject line.