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Trailer Park Retrofitted for Power Line Workers

October 21, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Power, water and sewer lines are being hooked up in the old Alamo Trailer Park in Alamo, Nev., and readied for the expected influx of workers and their RVs for the OnLine Transmission Project, the Lincoln County Record, Caliente, Nev., reported.

In August, the Alamo Town Board granted a special use permit for the property once owned and used by Union Carbide for a trailer park when the Tempiute mines were operating in the county in the late 1970s. The site is 60 miles north of Las Vegas.

The OnLine project was formerly known as the Southwest Intertie Project, a joint venture by NV Energy and LS Power, to construct a $510-million, 235-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission line from a new substation under construction in northwest Ely, to the Harry Allen substation off Interstate 15 near the exit to U.S. Highway 93.

Cory Lytle, County Building and Planning Director, estimates about 300 to 400 workers are expected to be used over the several phases of the project covering about an 18-month period.

“They expect to arrive in this part of the county around the first of November,” he said.

About 50 to 100 workers are expected to be living in the Alamo area. Not all at the trailer park.

Local resident Wade Poulsen, who is spearheading the effort to obtain the special use permit from the Alamo Town Board, said earlier he thinks having the workers living in the trailer park, “is going to be a great economic boon to the community, the Pahranagat Valley and to local businesses, to have these guys here.”

Construction is expected to involve three to four phases. Dust abatement and road improvement, along with environmental specialists will be first, then the construction crews to put the poles up and string wire. Final phases will involve putting the roads back together to their original condition, and making a final environmental sweep to ensure vegetation and animal habitats are restored.

The Union Carbide trailer park site was built in the late 1970s, and spaces were rented to many of the workers employed at the Tempiute mines. The nearby Yoppsville neighborhood was built at the same time, for Union Carbine management personnel.

When the mines closed, in the 1980s, the trailer park was turned over to private ownership. It is currently owned by Gerald Wilson. All the homes in Yoppsville were allowed to be sold privately.

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