Xcel Energy is rebuilding two existing 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines in Plymouth between Gleason Lake Substation just west of Hennepin County Road 101 and Parkers Lake Substation just east of I-494. The existing lines run along the Luce Line Trail in Plymouth (view info below on the trail closure).
The existing transmission lines were built in the mid 1950's. The existing wood h-frame structures that currently support these lines are nearing the end of their useful life and need to be replaced with single pole self-weathering steel structures, as well as new conductors (wires). The operating voltages for the new lines will remain unchanged at 115 kV. Replacing the existing structures will increase electric reliability for the area. View structure diagram.
Construction on the project is expected to begin in early November, 2017 with survey work followed by brush clearing and tree trimming along the Luce Line Trail in mid-November to allow for construction access. Civil construction activities are expected to begin in early December with drilling, and foundation work for the new poles. Line crews will begin work in early 2018 with delivering and setting new poles, stringing wires and removal of old wires and poles. Once all construction is complete, crews will restore any areas damaged by the project when weather permits in spring/early summer, 2018.
Luce Line Trail Closure
In the interest of public safety, the Luce Line Trail will be closed from County Road 101 to just east of 494 for the duration of the project - approximately December 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. Intermittent closures may be needed in the spring/summer of 2018 to complete site restoration and trail repairs. Xcel Energy asks that neighboring residents and regular trail users comply with the trail closure to ensure safety for all.
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