North Meshoppen-Lackawanna Transmission Reconstruction

Starting in August 2018, the Joint Venture of Bet-Tech Construction and Independence Excavating mobilized to Wyoming and Lackawanna Counties in Pennsylvania to begin work on the complete reconstruction of a 26 mile stretch of 230 kV transmission line. The project’s aggressive schedule dictated a resource driven work plan, with over 50 employees on site in order to meet the milestone dates, including working through a difficult winter to install access roads.

Bet-IX crews partnered with local suppliers to deliver and install 8,500 timber mats, 66,000 tons of stone, and over 130,000 LF of erosion control devices to expedite access for other subcontractors on site. One unique feature of this project involved the deployment of an 80 foot bridge over a stream crossing. The permitted location placed the bridge directly below energized lines, making a traditional crane installation unsafe. Bet-IX crews collaborated with IX in-house safety and engineering personnel to develop a lift plan using two excavators, ensuring that all work was performed safely and efficiently. Crews remained on site for the duration of transmission line construction in a support role, and completed restoration of the entire project site.