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Posted on Sat, Jan 5, 2013 : 3:52 p.m.

Bemis Road in Pittsfield Township closed due to downed power line

By Julie Baker

The Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety is advising motorists to avoid Bemis Road from Platt to Carpenter because of a downed power line.

Bemis has closed and will require a detour of traffic, the department said in a Nixle alert sent around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Reports indicated that corrections officers were still able to access the nearby Huron Valley Correctional Facility.

Further information was not immediately available.

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Sun, Jan 6, 2013 : 6:04 a.m.

Can I ask why all those above ground power lines are not buried underground ? They are always falling down, jobs are needed. Why not take the money that NASA blows over on Mars and spend that money here on Earth here in the USA and make life better for the people NOW. Mars is not going anywhere, it can wait. So we now know Mars once had water--wow. That was really worth all those billions of dollars, lol


Sun, Jan 6, 2013 : 6:17 a.m.

Buried power lines are not an end all be all solution. Normally it is not a major issue for lower voltage lines, but high voltage power lines can't easily be buried underground. The reason is the properties of power transmission. When electricity is passed through a metal, heat is released. This heat needs to be dealt with somehow. For lower voltage lines the heat is not significant, which allows residential lines to be buried. However for high voltage lines the heat produced is significant. When these lines are above ground, the heat is released from the lines into the surrounding air and no additional cooling is needed. The lines do tend to expend some in hot weather and which electric transmission is at its highest. Look outside during a hot day and you will notice a sag in the high voltage lines compared with their position in cooler temperatures with less electrical transmission (this was one factor in the big blackout about a decade ago, along with a total cluster of mistakes). If these high voltage lines are buried, there is no release of this heat. Underground high voltage lines actually require cooling to be done to prevent overheating and failure. The electric lines are encased. In the encasement is also coolant which has to be pumped through the lines. This keeps the electric lines from overheating, which would cause very costly failures. This topic was brought up when ITC installed lines from Milford to Hartland on M-59 a few years ago. Residents wanted the lines buried, which ITC fought it based on the costs.

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Sun, Jan 6, 2013 : 2:46 a.m.

so the bridge is finished? go pack go

music to my ear

Sun, Jan 6, 2013 : 1:57 a.m.

but football is on.