IRWA awards Infrastructure Project of the Year

December 2012, Vol. 67 No. 12

The International Right of Way Association (IRWA) recently held its annual Project of the Year Competition, designed to shed light on the vital role that right of way professionals play in overseeing the nation's infrastructure projects.

IRWA's 2012 Project of the Year was awarded to Sunrise Powerlink, a San Diego Gas & Electric Company project that was put into commercial operation in June. The 500,000-volt transmission line links San Diego to the Imperial Valley, one of the most renewable-rich regions in California.
The nearly $1.9 billion project culminates a five-year environmental review and permitting process, as well as a rigorous 18 month construction schedule that included 117 miles of overhead and underground electric transmission lines. Nearly five million work hours were required to complete the project – the equivalent of 2,260 people working 40 hours per week for a year. Because nearly 75 percent of the overhead construction required helicopters for environmental reasons, it took 30,000 flight hours to complete the aerial construction on the towers.