ITC Midwest: Work on Segment 2 of Minnesota-Iowa project continued in December 2016

Work on Segment 2 of ITC Midwest’s Minnesota-Iowa 345-kV Transmission Line Project continued in December, reaching 58% completion overall, with 77 foundations now completed and 67 of the 88 total steel poles erected, the company told the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Jan. 13.

As noted in the company’s filing, the PUC in November 2014 granted ITC Midwest a route permit for the project and associated facilities in Jackson, Martin and Faribault counties in Minnesota.

Conductor installation on Segment 2 (Fox Lake-Rutland) continued last month and is now 45% complete, the company said.

The company also noted that construction of the new Huntley substation continued in December, with installation of major electrical equipment beginning; Huntley is now 74% complete.

Right of way (ROW) acquisition for Segment 2 (Structure 159 to Structure 242) is complete, the company said, adding that it continues to proceed with design work and easement acquisition associated with Segments 3 (Rutland-Huntley) and 4. As reported, Segment 4 of the project, which is in Faribault County, extends from the Minnesota/Iowa border in Section 26 of Pilot Grove Township, north to Structure 92 located on the Huntley substation site in Section 14 of Verona Township.

Segment 1 (Lakefield-Fox Lake) construction activities are complete, but minor restoration work along that segment remains, and required environmental monitoring will continue along Segment 1 until restoration is complete in early spring, the company said.

Conductor installation has started, with about 45% of wire installed in the sections that had structures erected and ready for wire, the company said.

Among other things, ITC Midwest said that no complaints were received in December 2016, and that resolution of a complaint received in late October 2016, is still pending receipt and installation of additional equipment.

ITC is a Fortis (NYSE:FTS) company.

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