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September 28, 2020

Hill 71 updated diagram


Starting at highest elevation, 12,294’ on 71 Mountain on September 4, Hinsdale County Road & Bridge and Gunnison County Electric began installation, breaking ground with the county’s rented D8-T Dozer mounted with a 4’ ripper. Following in the process was GCEA’s equipment with 3,000-lb. reel of electric cable which was threaded needle-like through a vibrating plow and installed at 38” to 42”-depth.
Pictured is Patrice Palmer’s updated diagram illustrating the installation route, including bores for conduit beneath Highway 149.
— photos courtesy JoAllen Blowers and Monte Hannah

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