The United Illuminating Co. is preparing for a multi-year, $300 million transmission line upgrade along a 9.5-mile stretch of the railroad corridor between Milford and New Haven, officials with the Orange-based electric utility said.
The project, which will begin in late 2023 and run until late 2028, will serve two purposes, company officials said in announcing the plan.
One is to rebuild 115-kilovolt lines to conform to current utility industry standards. The other is to separate those transmission lines from their current spot along railroad catenary structures which power electrified Metro North commuter trains.
Frank Reynolds, UI’s president and chief executive officer, said the so-called Milvon to West River Transmission Line Rebuild Project will “improve the resiliency of our electric grid.” The railroad line is controlled by the state Department of Transportation. Read More