LINCOLN – Lincoln Electric System is planning to construct a new transmission line to support growth for southeast Lincoln and maintain reliability for the Lincoln area, said LES Vice President of Energy Delivery Dan Pudenz.
LES is launching a routing study for the Southeast Reliability Project to build an overhead, 115-kilovolt transmission line to connect a new substation at 76th Street & Rokeby Road to the power grid. That will be accomplished by connecting it to an existing substation at 91st Street & Nebraska Highway 2 and a new switching station at 40th Street & Bennet Road. The line will also be routed past an existing substation at 103rd & Rokeby Road and past a future substation that will be located in the vicinity of S. 68th Street & Bennet Road.
“The southeast area of Lincoln continues to grow, and LES must meet the associated demand for electricity,” Pudenz said. “The Southeast Reliability Project will construct a new overhead transmission line to connect existing and new substations in order to meet the needs of our customers.”
LES is planning to identify a route for the transmission line in 2015, and construction is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed in 2020. Pudenz said the routing study for the project has just started, and route alternatives have not been established.
Three public meetings will be held to seek input from LES customers, property owners in the study area, and other stakeholders. The first public meeting is scheduled for Jan. 29, 2015, 4-7 p.m. at Kloefkorn Elementary School, 6601 Glass Ridge Drive, in Lincoln. An online open house also is available for those who cannot attend in person, available at les.com through Feb. 12.
LES urges customers and stakeholders to visit www.les.com and click on “Construction Projects” or call 402-467-7656 for more information.