How can I get involved and provide my input about the location of the transmission lines?
OPPD will provide opportunities for all members of the public to provide their input. This website is a great place to start. Ask us a question in our Q&A section. We will also host two rounds of online public meetings. We encourage you to attend the live, online public meetings or view the materials afterwards to learn more about the project and provide your input. Finally, we have been working with local leaders, agencies, and stakeholders to help us understand the potential impact to the community. We will continue to consult these stakeholders throughout the routing process.
How will I know if my property will be impacted?
No property is considered directly impacted until a final route has been determined. We encourage you to participate in our routing process by providing information on your property that we may not be aware of without your input. If at the end of this process your property is directly impacted, you will receive a notification letter and a formal letter inviting you to a public hearing.
What is an easement?
An easement is an interest in land that permits the use of that land for a specific purpose. In this case, the project’s easement would permit the construction, operation and maintenance of an overhead transmission line. The easement also permits the trimming and removal of trees and other vegetation within the easement to prevent them from coming into contact with the line and creating a safety hazard.
How are transmission line easement widths determined?
Many factors enter into determining the width of transmission line easements, including voltage, wire movements due to the wind, structure design, and location of the line with proximity to existing roadways. Lines carrying higher voltages that require greater widths to ensure proper clearances. Transmission lines along roadways will use the road right of way as part of the easement width. Easement widths will be approximately 100 feet, or 50 feet on each side of the center line, but there may be exceptions based on final line design. We won’t know what side of the road the transmission line will be placed until the end of our routing process and engineering design effort.
What will these transmission poles/structures look like?
These structures will be steel mono-poles. The exact size and spacing will be determined as we progress through the routing, engineer and design process.
Will trees be cut down during construction?
Trees and power lines are not compatible. OPPD will remove trees within the easement and trees in danger of falling within 15 feet of the power line. Every effort will be made to minimize the impact to trees and vegetation, but some trees and brush will need to be cleared to prepare for construction.