The Grant Public Utility District (PUD) in Washington state in late June said that crews will work throughout the upcoming weeks on the installation of a new 115-kV transmission line that will connect the Rocky Ford substation, located just north of SR 17 near Rocky Ford Creek, with the Dover substation, located in northeast Moses Lake on Patton Blvd.
A Grant PUD public affairs officer on July 17 told TransmissionHub that both of those substations associated with the Rocky Ford to Dover project are located in Grant County.
As noted in the June 27 press release, the line is comprised of 143 single pole structures and will run about eight miles along the north side of SR 17.
Grant PUD said that the completed project will deliver improved reliability for customers in Moses Lake and the greater Grant County area, as well as allow the utility to meet growing electric demands from customers.
The new line is estimated to be built by the end of the year and energized in early 2018, Grant PUD said, adding that once completed, the project is estimated to cost $7.95m.
Drivers on SR 17 should not expect any uncommon traffic slowdowns during the construction period, Grant PUD said in its June 27 press release, noting that crews working on the line will typically be far enough off the highway as to not disrupt traffic flow. A permanent, gravel access road parallel to SR 17 along the line’s route will be installed and work will take place along that new access road, Grant PUD said.
Grant PUD also noted that it began exploring options for the new line in 2012, and in 2013, it launched a series of public meetings on the project, with customers reviewing social and environmental impacts of the new line and the preferred route. The current route was selected based in part on public feedback, according to Grant PUD, which, according to its statement, was established by local residents more than 75 years ago, and generates and delivers energy to millions of customers throughout the Pacific Northwest.