Final route for southwest Lincoln power project could come in July

When Mike Roth bought an acreage two years ago, he had no idea the Lincoln Electric System planned to put a substation on his land as part of a power line project to serve growth in southwest Lincoln.

“We’re saving money to build (a house) and now they’re going to build a substation in our backyard,” he said.

Roth and his family came to an LES open house Tuesday to discuss the substation and where the power lines might go as part of the Southwest Reliability Project, a 5.5-mile-long transmission line project designed to improve the utility’s electrical distribution system.

Roth knows he can’t do anything about the planned substation near 38th Street and Bennet Road, but he hopes LES will listen and run its high-voltage power lines north of his property.

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