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Residents pleased as huge, steel utility poles to be reconsidered for project

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Prehistoric. That's what residents in one Dauphin County neighborhood are calling their utility poles.

People in Derry Township talked to us in December about wanting the poles to come down, saying they ruin the neighborhood.

Now, PPL is making a change to its plan; one that residents are hopeful about.

Forest Avenue resident Steve King was pleasantly surprised to get a letter from PPL in the mail.

It says the transmission plan is changing and the line is now going underground.

"I’m still wondering if it’s a dream," King said.

Letters to residents say construction concerns were identified, which is the reason for the change in plans.

King, who has lived here for more than 20 years, hopes that means they'll take the steel poles away.

"We’ve been told that these poles may stay on our street for another two years because they’re starting on the opposite end of the project and they need to string a temporary line or circuit," King said.

Construction is expected to take about two years. King hopes, if a pole is needed, they'll be replaced with traditional ones.

The letter also says PPL plans to alter the route of the line.

"The Comcast line apparently will stay up," King said. "They do not want to go underground with PPL, so we just want to find out a little bit about those issues."

King urges everyone to come to the meeting to make sure they know exactly what's happening. He's just happy these steel poles won't be an issue for other neighborhoods.

"At the end of the day, it’s going underground and you won’t see any effect of it," King said. "You certainly won’t see these poles running through Hershey, because it affects the entire landscape. These are not suited for a residential area."

An open house is scheduled for this upcoming Wednesday at 6 p.m., at the Derry Township Municipal Building, to address concerns.

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