Midwest Transmission Project—Nebraska

The easement acquisition process is complete. This winter, we completed the process of acquiring all of the easements needed for this project. We appreciate all of the landowners who have worked with us throughout this process. The specific acceptable uses and restrictions for the property in the easement are detailed in your agreement. In general, acceptable uses include planting crops and using the land as pasture.  The most common restrictions would include limiting the amount of allowed grade change, prohibiting construction of temporary or permanent structures or buildings, and implementing restrictions on planting trees that may grow into the lines.

Our contractors have been out preparing the land by removing trees and brush. They have been installing foundations, assembling structures and stringing the wire. You’ve probably noticed them in the area doing work since there is activity on almost every mile of the route at this time. As part of a planned acceleration of the project completion date, we are pleased to announce that our in-service date has changed from spring 2017 to winter 2016. Among other benefits, this acceleration will allow the project to avoid directly affecting the 2017 crop season, save costs related to project overheads, and allow the flow of energy to take place sooner to support regional reliability needs.

If you have any questions about this preparation process, please let us know. We look forward to continuing to work with you as we work to increase electrical reliability of the power grid throughout the region.

The following crews are out in the field during construction activities:

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Integrity Tree Services will be removing all trees and brush (no stumps) within the right-of-way/easement plus danger trees (no stumps) outside of the right-of-way /easement.

Timber Line Construction is the company that will be doing the line construction on the project; activities include erecting poles, stringing wires, and clean-up.

Evergreen Caissons is a sub-contractor to Timber Line Construction and is responsible for the constructing the foundations that will be at the base of every foundation along the route.

 

If you have any questions about our sub-contractor’s please contact the hotline at (800) 608-9646.

 

Are you getting ready to plant and farm this summer?

We understand that many of you are going to be cultivating your properties this summer for farming and agricultural use. Please take a moment to learn more about using the land during construction.

  • Be careful working around the new pole structures. Allow plenty of space for your equipment so that you do not damage our materials and/or your equipment.

  • Do not damage the survey stakes. Re-staking will add cost to the project and ultimately impacts our customer owners. If you accidentally do damage the stakes, do not try to put them back yourself. Please let Greg Givens, Construction Manager, know if stakes have been disturbed. You can reach him by calling 800-294-5991.

  • Until the wire is fully installed, we will be accessing the full right of way and will damage crops no matter what growth stage the crops are in.

  • As wire installation and other construction activity finishes in an area, ROW agents will be contacting property owners to start addressing damages caused during construction.

From this point further, winter weather will not be a deterrent to construction efforts. We will be accessing the ROW even if the ground is muddy. However, we will clean up “track out” (mud on the roads) and repair ruts when finished.

During the construction process, damage to your land is unlikely but possible. Most common damages include crop loss, soil compaction, or issues with fences, waterways, terraces, and driveways. If your property is damaged, OPPD will pay for the restoration of the affected area. This one time damage payment will be in addition to the one time easement payment you will have already received.

If you have any questions about what activities can occur in the ROW please contact the hotline at (800) 608-9646. We will be happy to answer any of your questions.

Safety First!

As on any construction or worksite, there are potential hazards that need to be avoided. Your safety and the safety of our crews are important to us. Please stay clear of all construction activities. If you need to talk with someone from the project, please call the toll-free hotline at (800)-294-5991. Please do not visit the construction site in-person. We will make sure your question or comment is addressed in a timely manner.

The Midwest Transmission Project—Nebraska is a subset of the overall Midwest Transmission Project and includes only the portion of the overall project in Nebraska, which is roughly 45 miles long. The Midwest Transmission Project—Nebraska does not include the portion of the project in Missouri. A final route map is available below.

The Midwest Transmission Project—Nebraska is a subset of the overall Midwest Transmission Project and includes only the portion of the overall project in Nebraska, which is roughly 45 miles long. The Midwest Transmission Project—Nebraska does not include the portion of the project in Missouri. A final route map is available below.

OPPD MTP-NT Final Route Map

Click here for a map of the final route for the Midwest Transmission Project–Nebraska.

 
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