Colwich-to-Medicine Lodge power line ‘shaping our energy future’

Utility officials broke ground Wednesday in Colwich on what they proclaimed will be a key piece of economic development for Kansas.

Representatives from Westar and its partners and state officials turned several shovels full of ceremonial dirt in a field outside the Gordon Evans Energy Center near Colwich to mark the start of construction of 108-mile-long twin 345-kilovolt power lines. The line will run from the Westar power station to the Medicine Lodge area, where it will connect to a similar-sized line being built by another group, ITC Great Plains.

The ITC/Great Plains line will run west from Medicine Lodge to Spearville, near Dodge City. Construction is expected to begin in Barber County in the fourth quarter, the company said.

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