SRP’s controversial Chandler power lines get new route

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | The Republic

The Salt River Project this week released a revised plan on the contentious issue of how to get more electricity to the Price Road Corridor and its booming tech sector in a way that will have less impact on Chandler neighborhoods.

SRP has been attempting to build the route since 2013, but the proposed above-ground-lines have drawn the ire of residents concerned about property values and potential health and safety risks. Two years ago, the Gila River Tribal Council rejected the route crossing tribal lands.

The newly proposed route requires 5-6 miles of lines, compared to the original plan for 17 miles of lines, SRP spokesman Scott Harelson said. The lines would run east along Loop 202 and down a northwest stretch of the Price Road Corridor. The new plan would require only one new substation, instead of the two originally planned, he said.


SRP is planning to replace the existing 69-kilovolt lines with larger 230-kilovolt lines along an area near the Price Road Corridor. /Photo: Salt River Project
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