Work will begin shortly on a new high tension transmission line from PPL's Face Rock substation along the Susquehanna River to the Quarryville substation on Robert Fulton Highway.
The new line will run for more than nine miles and will replace an aging line that now provides the service, PPL spokesperson Jess Baker said last week.
The line will run west from Quarryville through East Drumore, Drumore, and Martic townships to reach the substation along the river.
To prepare for the work, PPL is building a storage yard off Dry Wells Rd. in Eden Township.
"It will be outdoor storage for the poles and a place to park trucks overnight," Baker said of the storage yard. "It will not become a permanent PPL site."
PPL bought the Eden Township property years ago and planned to build a gas-fired generating station there to add capacity during times of high demand for electricity. The station was never built.
The new transmission line will use stronger poles and higher technology lines.
"The new steel poles will hold up better in storms," Baker said. "The existing line is very old."
Construction of the line will begin shortly and should be completed by December, Baker said.
PPL has no plans to move the Quarryville substation, which serves as a distribution point for lower voltage distribution lines in the area.