Energy-efficient power lines near completion

Construction of a contentious electricity transmission line through Lampasas, Coryell and Bell counties is scheduled for completion in December.

The Oncor line will carry more than 300 kilovolts of power, and two projects to build it started last October and January, said Terry Hadley, spokesman of the Texas Public Utility Commission.

The Killeen-area portion of the line project includes of moving dirt to place several large steel towers and transmission wires, said Karl Green, Killeen area manager for Oncor. With about 28 miles of line, Hadley said the project will cost an estimated $70 million.

This portion of the line will connect the future Newton switching station outside of Kempner to the Killeen Featherline switching station next to the city’s police department by cutting through eastern Lampasas County, the southern tip of Coryell County and around south Killeen, according to Oncor’s website.

A second portion of the project will run from the Newton switching station, by cutting through the northern portions of Lampasas County, to the Brown switching station west of Brookesmith in Brown County, according Oncor’s website.

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