As part of Xcel Energy's commitment to provide reliable electric service to customers in the Plymouth area, the company has rebuilt two existing 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines 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 supported these lines were at the end of their useful life and needed to be replaced with single pole self-weathering steel structures, as well as new conductors (wires). The operating voltages for the new lines remain at 115 kV. Replacing the existing structures will increase electric reliability for the area. View structure diagram.
Construction Schedule (dates are subject to change)
November/December 2017 - Brush clearing and tree trimming along the Luce Line Trail for construction access
December 2017 - Drilling and foundation work begins
February/May 2018 - Structure setting begins, followed by stringing wires and removal of old wire and poles
Spring/Summer 2018 - Completion of new transmission lines and restoration of project area
Luce Line Trail Closure
In the interest of public safety, the Luce Line Trail has been closed during construction from County Road 101 to just east of 494 starting on December 1, 2017. The trail is re-opened east of Vicksburg, with the remaining portion of the trail due to be re-opened by June 11. Xcel Energy asks that neighboring residents and regular trail users comply with the trail closure to ensure safety for all. Xcel Energy wants to thank you for your patience during the construction and trail closure.
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