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Progress Energy to put power line under river


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A new power line is scheduled to go up on the Cape Fear River. Actually underneath it.

Progress Energy says it will build a new transmission line 60 feet beneath the floor of the Cape Fear River. The company says it needs the line to ensure service is not interrupted if the two existing lines over the river are affected. The new line will follow the same path where the two current lines sit.

"What's great about this particular project is all the work will be conducted from each side of the river bank and then underneath the river bed. In our entire evaluation process we did consider impacts on shipping traffic on the Cape Fear River and this particular process will not have an impact in that regard," said Progress Energy spokesman Jeff Brooks.

Construction will begin in late 2011. The line should be in service by early 2013.

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So, does this mean that

So, does this mean that Wilmington may one day be the home to one of the larger, better known cruise ships? I seem to remember that many years ago, it was tossed around that Wilmington could play host to a cruise ship or two, but the problem was clearance under the existing power lines. I believe that when the idea was looked at, there were two options. One was to raise the current power lines and the other was to go deep under the Cape Fear River. Maybe WWAY TV3 can investigate this and get some answers. A cruise port here could do a lot for the local economy.

Any thoughts?

Has anyone ever thought of harnessing the power of our Cape Fear River? Using Hydro Power as a clean energy tool? May be an excellent idea and investment tool for our area. Just a thought.

Too bad they can't put the

Too bad they can't put the skyway under the river along with it.