Power Pole Installation to Temporarily Close Loop Trail


WENATCHEE – Chelan PUD line crews are replacing five poles that carry high-voltage lines running north of Hawley Street in Wenatchee along the Apple Capital Loop Trail. For the safety of trail users and PUD crews, a section of the trail will be closed starting next Monday, Jan. 16 and lasting through Jan. 27, from Hawley Street to the pedestrian bridge over the Wenatchee River.

Walkers and runners can use the Horan Wildlife Area trail to detour around the work on weekdays from Jan. 16-27. Bicyclists can walk bikes through the wildlife area or detour to streets. The trail will be open on the weekend of Jan. 20-21.

There will be signs posted north and south of the work to alert trail users to the detour and flaggers to direct them. (See map at right.) Vehicle traffic on Hawley Street will not be affected.

PUD crews are installing five, 80-foot wooden poles next to the existing poles, and then removing the old poles, as part of regular maintenance for system reliability. Work is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

There will be large trucks and excavators at the job site. The cost is estimated at $50,000 to $60,000, depending on construction conditions.

Details about the work are on chelanpud.org under “In Your Neighborhood.”

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.