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NAVIGATING SENSITIVE AREAS IN ARKANSAS Construction timeline: November 2014–June 2015

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SOMETIMES A TRANSMISSION LINE CAN BE BUILT OR UPGRADED ALONG A COUNTY HIGHWAY without having to stress too much about the environmental impact that construction might have. Then again, sometimes the areas where the transmission lines run cut through wetlands, hiking grounds, lakeshores, and other areas where large-scale construction could result in significant environmental damage. That’s why Entergy opted to limit boots and machinery on the ground and chose instead to suspend workers and materials by helicopters as it upgraded the Hot Springs Milton–Carpenter Dam transmission line, which winds its way through Arkansas. “This was probably my first example of such largescale use of helicopters on one of our transmission line projects,” Adams says. “However, we’ve since deployed a similar execution strategy on two additional projects that were located in sensitive, scenic mountain terrain as well as wet river bottoms in Arkansas.” Adams says he and his coworkers are sensitive to protecting the integrity of areas where people hike, fish, swim, or have any number of fond memories, because he and his team members also live in those kinds of environments. “Some of the communities we serve are well-known tourist destinations,” he says. “They possess a lot of natural beauty, which brings people in from all around the country, not only to visit, but also to live here. . . . We believe the infrastructure we provide should never jeopardize that value.” Although Adams says that employing helicopters and suspending workers and materials to complete upgrades is the most extreme example of Entergy’s environmental commitment, the company has every reason to do similar work and investigate other noninvasive strategies when it comes to future projects. “It’s the efforts of significant upfront planning and preparation and then the measured, calculated execution that really makes us successful in protecting the environment while progressing our system,” he says.


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