Environmental Assessment comment period open for Big Sandy-Lincoln-Midway transmission project

Tri-State is proposing to modify and upgrade its 35 year-old Big Sandy-Lincoln-Midway transmission line — located in portions of Colorado’s El Paso, Elbert and Lincoln counties and serving Mountain View Electric Association – in an effort to improve reliability and strengthen the integrity of the line structures.

The project will upgrade the existing line and is not anticipated to result in substantial upgrades to existing access roads, nor will it involve construction of additional transmission lines, routes or increase in voltage of the existing lines.

Because Tri-State is requesting financial assistance from the Rural Utilities Service, the Big Sandy-Lincoln-Midway Transmission Line Improvement Project is subject to the National Environmental Policy Act and requires an Environmental Assessment (EA). The comment period for the EA is currently open with all comments regarding the EA required to be submitted in writing no later than May 2, 2011.

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