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“From 1978 to the current day:” CCDC, Idaho Power to bury some downtown power lines

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The Capital City Development Corporation is working on another project to get power lines off poles and into a trench.

The work should start shortly after the CCDC board approved $533,440 in public funding for the project. Power lines along 5th Street from just north of Main St. to the CW Moore Plaza building in the south will come down. A stretch of powerlines through the parking lot behind the CW Moore Plaza will also come down, moving to a trench along Grove St.

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Map of power line under-grounding work set for this summer. Via CCDC

Idaho Power crews will perform the work. They will also relocate telecom lines from Sparklight (formerly Cable ONE), Syringa Networks and Zayo. They will also lay some extra conduit for future expansion.

“While (this construction) is a huge pain for those trying to drive or cycle through the area, if you’ve seen where we’ve done it, it turns the area from 1978 to the current day,” CCDC board chair Dana Zuckerman said. “It really modernizes our city.”

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CCDC said the work will aid new development along 5th St. – both announced and planned for the future. It will also allow for new full-size street trees.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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