Work is underway on construction of the Wabasha County portion of a high voltage electrical transmission line between Rochester and La Crosse
Installation of large power poles is taking place in the Plainview area on the line that will cross the Mississippi River to Alma before it turns south to the La Crosse area.
The project is being undertaken by CAP-X-20-20, a group of eleven power companies that includes Dairyland Power Cooperative and Xcel Energy.
Construction on the 161 kilovolt transmission line between the North Rochester Substation and Northern Hills Substation is complete. The line is expected to be energized in March of 2014, after substation work is finished.
CAP-X-20-20 says construction on the 345 kilovolt segment between the Pine Island area and the Mississippi River is taking place in Wabasha County with tree clearing, followed by foundation construction through the fall of 2013.
Right of way contacts, surveys and soil investigations are being conducted in Wisconsin and along the Hampton to North Rochester route.
Single pole steel structures will be used to reduce land impacts. Structures are between 140 and 170 tall and will be between 800 and 1,000 feet apart. Typically, a 150-foot right-of-way will be required.
The project is expected to be finished in 2015.