Atlantic City Electric To Use Helicopters In Wildwood
This is surely a headline that causes double take. What does Atlantic City Electric need with Helicopters? There is an interesting story behind it.
Over the course of the next few months, Atlantic City Electric will be undergoing a major project which will update the Wildwoods electrical system.
This project is something that we first broke a few weeks ago and just recently did an update on it. Click the link below for the update and drone video.
In summary, the ACE (Atlantic City Electric) will be replacing the old wooden poles that bring in the power from Middle Township. The line runs over the old Wildwood train line which is located in the middle of the Grassy Sound Channel.
The new poles new state-of-the-art steel poles, which can withstand winds of up to 120 mph. They are currently being put together at the old Islander Family Fun Park (at the foot of the George Redding Bridge).
According to the press release, “The helicopters will fly from a staging area located on Route 47 in Middle Township and travel to and from Grassy Sound Island and Grassy Sound Channel between Middle Township and West Wildwood. The use of helicopters is an innovative and environmentally conscious way to build energy infrastructure in sensitive habitats.”
Due to the location they are at there is no other way of transporting everything.
ACE uses two types of helicopters for these project. One smaller one to transport employees back and forth from the site and one larger one which carries the equipment.
So be on the look out over the next 5 weeks for flying poles and gear. It will surely be one that will make you double take.
Check out the full video below of the project below.
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