By Billy Ortiz, Jan. 5, 2012
Pictured is one of the sky cranes being used to lift Sunrise Powerlink electrical transmission towers into place along the rim of El Monte Valley in Lakeside.
WOW, an entire minute without crashing into anything . . .
This all looks well-orchestrated. Those things are not easy to fly and the steadiness of the placement suggests a high level of experience. Whether or not those skycranes are ex-military or were made for commercial use, they are very costly to operate. SDGE is spending plenty to construct that line, and there must be a big payoff expected from it.
While you may not like the noise and cost of those choppers, at least it means that the entire route will not be bulldozed into oblivion to make access roads. Very often the powerline road becomes a route for all sorts of things never anticipated, such as smuggling and other sorts of illicit use. They also tend to erode badly. No road means much less of the drawbacks and unsightliness of the bulldozing.
The route may not be bulldozed into oblivion, but for those of us who have to listen to the helicopters flying over our homes everyday it is disturbing not only to us, but our livestock, our families, our neighbors, etc. Alpine has businesses closing due to the powerlink construction. Some of us have the powerlink bordering our property where we will have to look at these large towers every day, destroying views that were part of the reasons we bought our homes where we did. We had the illegals and the smuggling coming through the back hills of alpine before the powerlink constructions started, the access roads just give the smugglers better access.
Garrett Harris 8 p.m., May 29
Sophia Zaller 5:30 p.m., May 29
Dave Rice 3:30 p.m., May 29
Siobhan Braun 2 p.m., May 29
Matt Potter 1:30 p.m., May 29
Ken Harrison 11:30 a.m., May 29
Andrew Hamlin 11 a.m., May 29
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