Don’t fear the choppers
Contractors for IP Networks’ Highway 36 broadband project are using helicopters as they work along the PG&E transmission lines in the area between Bridgeville and Ruth Lake. These line crews are aware that the presence of helicopters and ground crews in the vicinity of large marijuana grows may raise concerns, so they want the community to know that they are not interested in the grows and are just trying to do their job.
The IP Networks project will provide a second high-speed internet connection for our area by running 127 miles of fiber-optic cable along the PG&E easement between Highway 5 and Eureka. This will keep our area connected even if the existing line gets broken or interrupted as has happened many times in the past, most recently this past August. The project will also connect several un-served and under-served communities along the way including Wildwood, Mad River, Ruth and Bridgeville, delivering service to 527 rural households over a 218 square-mile area.
These helicopters and crews work for 3-Phase Line Construction, IP Networks’ primary contractor. As they work through the area, residents should expect to see helicopters pulling cables and dropping off line crews, along with trucks and ground crews accessing the PG&E easement. 3-Phase crews hope to complete their work in this area by October 2nd. Until then, their crews will be working from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Friday, and occasionally on Saturdays.