Last week, Tri-State staff from public affairs, land rights, transmission engineering and the GIS group hit the road to eastern Colorado to hold public outreach meetings with local landowners, county commissioners, community leaders and other interested parties to discuss the association’s proposed 230-kilovolt transmission line between the towns of Burlington and Wray.
The meetings, held at the Burlington Community Center on March 6 and the Wray Roundhouse on March 7, attracted about 60 attendees at each venue.
“The existing transmission system in this area is strained as a result of increased electricity demand and new generation resources, so the project is clearly needed,” said Drew Kramer, Tri-State’s public affairs manager. “At the same time, public input is a critical and ongoing part of this project because there are several proposed route segments, and we want to minimize the impact on landowners and accommodate their concerns to the degree possible,” he said.
While no formal presentations were provided at the meetings, the open house format provided the meeting attendees with opportunities to view the proposed route segments on detailed maps and, with the help of Tri-State’s GIS group, landowners could even look at a custom map of their specific properties in relation to the various proposed line corridors.
The next step in the proposed project will be route refinement meetings, which are likely to be held this summer. The new line is expected to be constructed in 2014 and energized near the end of 2015.