Video: Why are some power lines underground?

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Power lines are seen along roads, down alleys and crossing streets overhead. But some areas have power lines that can’t be seen – they lay underground.

The decisions behind whether to install overhead or underground power lines in neighborhoods and developments are complex. OPPD factors in the density of the neighborhood, accessibility and cost. Underground power lines are considerably more expensive to install – and more time-intensive to repair.

Matt Peterson will explain the difference in the video above.

Justin Gallegos

About Justin Gallegos

Justin Gallegos, an Omaha South High School graduate, is pursuing his education in the fine arts at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is part of the Legacy I3 program at OPPD. Justin works in Corporate Marketing and Communications at the utility. When Justin isn't working, he enjoys spending his free time outdoors, running, creating art, and most importantly, being with his family.

Laura King-Homan

About Laura King-Homan

Laura King-Homan is the managing editor of The Wire and a communications specialist at the Omaha Public Power District. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, including the Omaha World-Herald.

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