Crews will begin working next week to clear foliage near Lake Red Rock in preparation for construction of an electric transmission line.
The line will run approximately 4.5 miles from the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project to the Pella West Substation. Missouri River Energy Services says it is necessary to get power from the hydroelectric plant, which is under construction at the Red Rock Dam, to a point where it can be distributed.
The transmission line will run along Highway T-15 northward until it reaches G-28 and then will run eastward along Fifield Road to West 11th Street in Pella, where it will run northward to the substation.
The entire 69-kilovolt line will be in the public right-of-way, except where overhang or pole placement easements have been obtained from land owners, and will include single-pole structures with no guy wires.
Missouri River Energy Services plans to have the transmission portion of the project completed by spring 2016. The hydroelectric plant itself is expected to be completed and operational by spring 2018.