ATSI proposes further amendments to Hayes-West Fremont 138-kV project

American Transmission Systems, Incorporated (ATSI), in an April 11 filing made with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB), proposed further amendments to its Hayes-West Fremont 138-kV Transmission Line Project.

As noted in ATSI’s filing, the OPSB in August 2014 issued an opinion, order and certificate granting an application filed by ATSI to build the project.

The amended application, which is presented in the letter of notification format, is the fourth amendment application to the project and proposes three adjustments to the approved route made at the request of property owners, the company said.

As TransmissionHub reported in March, the OPSB granted, subject to conditions, applications filed by ATSI to amend the certificate of environmental compatibility and public need involving the Hayes-West Fremont project.

As noted in a March 2 OPSB order, the OPSB in August 2014 granted ATSI a certificate to build the line in Sandusky and Erie counties in Ohio. ATSI last July filed applications in three separate cases (Case Nos. 16-1593-EL-BTA, 16-1594-EL-BTA, and 16-1595-EL-BTA) to amend the certificate in order to add a second 138-kV circuit on existing structures. In Case No. 16-1593-EL-BTA, ATSI proposed to add a second 138-kV circuit on existing structures; in Case No. 16-1594-EL-BTA, ATSI proposed three adjustments to the route approved by the OPSB; and in Case No. 16-1595-EL-BTA, ATSI proposed seven adjustments to the route approved by the OPSB.

In its April 11 fourth amended application, ATSI said that the property owner-proposed route changes are expected to reduce the impacts to the owners’ property, and would result in fewer wetland impacts, as well as less tree clearing.

The first proposed adjustment, which is 0.6 miles long, is located in the area where the OPSB approved route crosses the turnpike and proceeds south. The proposed adjustment is south of Castalia Road, east of State Route 510, north of Reineck Road, and west of Yorktown Road.

About 0.27 miles south of the intersection of the OPSB approved route and Castalia Road, the route was proposed to trend at a slight south-southeastern angle towards the southern parcel line before turning eastward and trending parallel to the parcel line. The proposed adjustment, ATSI added, begins about 0.27 miles south of the intersection of the OPSB approved route and Castalia Road where the angle of the alignment was shifted about 40 feet to trend in a southeastern direction about 0.07 miles towards the parcel line. At that point, the route reconnects with the OPSB approved route.

The second proposed adjustment, ATSI added, is 0.94 miles long and located in the area where the OPSB approved route crosses Yorktown Road heading in an eastward direction. The proposed adjustment is south of Fuller Road, east of Yorktown Road, north of Stokes Road, and west of County Road 268 North. ATSI also noted that the OPSB approved route crosses perpendicularly over Yorktown Road to the eastern side where the proposed route angles southeast for about 0.09 miles before extending eastward with the centerline about 0.03 miles from the northern parcel boundary.

The proposed adjustment begins on the eastern side of Yorktown Road where the route would trend in a southeasterly direction for about 0.05 miles with the centerline residing just south of the OPSB approved route. From that point, the company added, the adjustment would trend eastward for about 0.88 miles. As the adjustment extends eastward, it would be located north of the approved OPSB route, and would reside about 0.02 miles from the northern parcel boundary. At that point, the company added, the route reconnects with the OPSB approved route, which continues eastward across County Road 268 North.

The third proposed adjustment, which is about 0.86 miles long, is located in the area south of the Ohio Turnpike/I-80 and east and west of Billings Road. The OPSB approved route trends east towards a two pole guyed angle structure located just west of an existing railroad corridor, the company added. At that point, the adjustment begins at the two pole guyed angle structure immediately west of the Hanson Aggregates Quarry and adjacent to the railroad tracks. The adjustment trends northeast paralleling the railroad corridor as it crosses over Billings Road for a distance of about 0.87 mile, ATSI added.

From that point, the adjustment trends east-northeast for about 0.02 mile, at which point the route reconnects with the OPSB approved route just south of Portland Road. That shift in angle structure shifts the alignment of the route to the west of the OPSB approved route, the company added.

Among other things, the company said that it will be ready to begin construction on that portion of the project as soon as approval is granted, and expects to complete and place in service by Oct. 1, 2018.

ATSI is a FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) company.

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