Golden Valley Electric Association clears debris from power lines around Fairbanks

Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 4:44 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Starting Monday, July 12, Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) began removing trees near power lines around the Interior.

The project is designed to protect the lines from debris such as tree branches and brush.

This summer, crews will be seen in downtown Fairbanks, Hamilton Acres, Trainor Gate, Shannon Park, Birchwood Homes and Island Homes.

Nearly 20 miles of line is expected to be cleared.

Homeowners whose property may be affected have been notified.

Meadow Bailey, GVEA’s Director of External Affairs and Public Relations, explained, “We actually have a clearing schedule. We try to aggressively and continuously clear brush and trees out of the right-of-way. There’s some things that we’ve seen that have been kind of changing within the past 10 years or so. We notice that rights-of-way have to be cleared more frequently now. We have a hotter growing season, so we definitely have noticed that brush and trees are growing faster, and so it requires us to clear more frequently than we used to.”

The project is expected to last into September.

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