Thursday, September 16, 2010

Workin' on the Wires 9-11-10

People have been asking what's been going on along the Paugussett Trail on both sides of Independence Driver earlier this month? Connecticut Light & Power was doing a splice on their overhead powerline that runs along the trail, and they had to improve the access road (which in this section is our trail) in order to get their trucks up to the towers.

Rich Skudlarek got some action photos of the CL&P crew frying in the sun, 80 feet off the ground, in a little bucket surrounded by high voltage lines. Those guys have a tough job.

On the negative side our trail was closed for a couple of days, but on the positive side our trail was repaired and improved.

There were a lot of wash outs coming down the hill to Independence. The CL&P crew spread some processed stone about, seeded and mulched the haul road. Now all we need is a little rain to help the seed take.

Here's the finished trail coming down the hill. This will be a lot easier to mow without the gullies. Trails and utility corridors are very compatible because there are mutual interests in keeping the trail clear, and they can contain a lot of wildlife that is interesting.

Here's a Praying Mantis that my sharp-eyed daughter spotted along the trail. There are a lot of surprising things to see when you're out enjoying a walk. Thanks CL&P for fixing up the trail.

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