BPA powerline targeted for update

If the Bonneville Power Administration gives the OK, crews will rebuild prominent high-voltage lines from Albany to Eugene, Ore., this summer using 700 poles and more than 90 miles of wire.

The existing lines, which deliver BPA power to Eugene, were erected in 1940 and the treated wooden poles are getting “physically worn and structurally unsound,” the power agency said.

The line runs south-southwest from Albany through grass-seed and wheat fields, past grazing sheep and horses — and smack through the centers of Harrisburg and Junction City, Ore.

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