Tree-clearing and vegetation management in the project corridor began in September and crews expect to finish work by the end of the year. Foundation construction for the new structures on either end of the project, which involves drilling and pouring concrete, started in October but has stopped and will resume in January.
The project will re-route approximately 3 miles of a 500-kilovolt transmission line located near Chisholm, Minnesota. The line relocation will allow Hibbing Taconite Company to expand their mining operations to the east. The new route will include removing and replacing approximately 13 steel lattice towers.
Xcel Energy has been working with local government, industry representatives, landowners and other stakeholders to develop an acceptable new location for the transmission line, and during the construction process. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a permit application for the project in 2019.
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