Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

HALFWAY - Idaho Power Company will be building a new power transmission line near Halfway this fall - and it's right next to the existing line.

And that existing line will continue to bring power to the area while construction crews are working.

"We are rebuilding the new line right next to the old line, so our crews will be extremely careful and aware of that energized line," Project Manager Brett Flynn said in a press release. "It will be important to keep the power on during construction for residents of the Halfway and Richland areas."

Flynn said he expects to schedule a few planned power outages during the approximately two-month project. In those cases customers will be notified at least two days in advance.

Halfway and Richland are served by one 69-kilovolt transmission line that is aging and seeing more instances of broken equipment and increased weather-related damage, according to Idaho Power.

The 10-mile line connects the Halfway and Duke substations, just east of Oxbow.

The first three miles of the new line will be built this fall, and the remaining seven miles, on public land, will be built late next year or in the spring of 2016 following the public permitting process.