Atlantic City Electric (ACE) will submit an application to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to get permission to construct a 16-mile high-power line across five Salem County municipalities.

Under the proposed project, the utility will replace 90 existing steel lattice towers with smaller, single-shaft steel poles and an upgraded transmission line from the Orchard Substation in Upper Pittsgrove to the Churchtown Substation in Pennsville.

ACE officials said the utility should be ready to submit the proposal to the NJBPU within the next few weeks, reported

Atlantic City Electric spokeswoman Lendel Jones was quoted by the publication as saying "We are actively working on filing our application and expect to submit the application to the board in 4 to 6 weeks."

If approved, ACE will replace a line of steel lattice towers running through Pennsville, Mannington, Pilesgrove, Woodstown, and Upper Pittsgrove with less-intrusive, single-shaft poles.

The company will not replace a second line of lattice towers, which runs parallel to the first line of lattice towers.

ACE Region vice president Susan Coan said there are twin towers running side-by-side.

"One set will remain intact, we’re not touching that set," Coan added.

"The other set, in parallel, will be taken down and replaced with a mono-pole. It’s a single steel shaft, versus the existing lattice tower."

The towers and lines proposed by ACE is to replace have been in service for more than 50 years.