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Route amendment request pending in Hubbard County power line job

The right-of-way around the intersection of County Roads 4 and 18 is the subject of a requested amendment by Great River Energy pending before the Public Utilities Commission. GRE said it needs more room to connect the switch between the old and new power lines. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

As work resumes on clearing right-of-way for a high voltage power line in Hubbard County, the Public Utilities Commission will conduct a hearing June 23 to see if buffers around the intersection of County Roads 4 and 18 should be widened to accommodate the lines.

"We needed to ask that the route width be expanded to allow us to connect the new switch to the 34.5 kV transmission line," said Great River Energy spokesperson Lori Buffington. "When we were in the design phase we identified the need. The overall impacts are very similar to the alignment which was originally anticipated."

The work has begun on County Road 18, the area many Hubbard County residents were opposed to.

The route amendment sought at the intersection takes an additional 527 feet of right-of way, primarily agricultural and forested areas.

Affected landowners will be restored or compensated, the amendment request states.

It impacts .60 acres in a forested area. No wetlands are affected. The PUC is expected to grant the request.

Great River Energy is building just over 7 miles of 115 kV power lines to service the new Potato Lake Substation on North Highway 71. Expanding power need in the concentrated lakes areas north of Park Rapids necessitated the project.

Itasca Mantrap Co-op Electrical Association is building the substation to service its Hubbard County clients.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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