The entire rebuilt line would be constructed on steel double-circuit monopoles, which allow longer span length between poles and thus fewer poles used in the project.
“We are glad to give the public a preview of the Agency Preferred Alternative as we finalize the EIS,” said Wieringa. “WAPA intentionally did not select a route until we could consider public feedback on the alternatives in the draft EIS. The feedback received during the scoping and draft EIS comment periods ensured this EIS would be a comprehensive analysis of the different alternatives, and ultimately informed the decision to use parts of different alternatives in the selected route.”
Available on WAPA’s Estes-to-Flatiron project website, the Agency Preferred Alternative shows where the existing ROWs would be used, as well as identifies the portion planned outside the existing ROW. “The preferred alternative would consolidate both lines on a single ROW, eliminate about 16 miles of transmission line, and allow the abandoned ROW to revegetate naturally,” added Wieringa.
The Canyon Lakes District of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest is also a cooperating agency on the EIS, and concurred on the Agency Preferred Alternative selection. WAPA will prepare a record of decision regarding the project no earlier than 30 days after the final EIS has been released to the public.
Visit the Estes-to-Flatiron Transmission Lines Rebuild Project webpage for more information about the history and the environmental review.
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