Rerouted powerlines will bypass sandstone Pinnacles

An aerial map shows the new route powerlines will take around Peshastin Pinnacles State Park. (Chelan County PUD)

CASHMERE — Work is set to start next month to re-route electrical lines around the sandstone features at Peshastin Pinnacles State Park.

The cliffs in the park, popular with hikers and climbers, are thought to be 46 million years old and are of great importance to the area’s Native peoples. Electric wires have run right through the park for decades, but the Chelan County PUD agreed to move the lines after consulting with the Colville Confederated Tribes.

The first phase of the $2.4 million project should run through July, with completion either in fall of this year, or in May 2021.