ITC Great Plains, LLC, is making progress on their latest project, the V-Plan electric transmission line project, as reported in the company's most recent newsletter.
The ongoing project, which began in 2010, is expected to be completed by late next year.
The line will run from Spearville south to Clark County, then east to Thistle, Kan., a distance of about 122 miles.
Currently, the company is working on several aspects of the project— a substation in Thistle, transmission line construction, right of way preparation, and easements.
According to the company's April newsletter, which is sent out to all landowners along the V-Plan construction route, and is also available upon request, the massive transformer for the substation in Thistle arrived at a rail sidling in Sharon, Kan. and was transported on a specialized hauler in-between the February snowstorms to the substation site.
"Transmission line construction has started in Barber County west of the Thistle substation site," the newsletter states. "The first poles are going up."
Line construction will continue to move west throughout the year, but according to Joe Kirik, a communications specialist for ITC, the construction won't reach Ford for quite awhile yet.
The right of way is being prepared in that area as well. This involves removing any incompatible vegetation from the area, augering holes and pouring concrete for foundations and assembling poles.
The foundations can range anywhere from six to 12 feet in diameter and are 29 to 65 feet deep.
"The poles, which are usually made up of three or four sections, are assembled on the ground using hydraulic jacks that pull sections together," the newsletter said. "The arms that support the conductors (wires) are attached, and then cranes life the assembled poles onto their bases. The final step is stringing the conductors onto the poles with specialized stringing equipment."
The newsletter also said that all easements, or the right to use the real property of another without possessing it, have been completed in Barber and Kiowa counties. The majority of easements have been secured in Ford County as well.
For more information about the V-Plan project visit itctransco.com, or call (877) ITC-ITC9.
ITC Great Plains LLC is a transmission-only utility with authority to construct, own, operate and maintain a regulated high-voltage transmission system in the Southwest Power Pool region. They operate more than 100 circuit miles of transmission lines in Kansas and Oklahoma. It is a subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation's largest independent electric transmission company.