The Rosedale area of Kansas City, Kansas and the surrounding neighborhoods have enjoyed housing and commercial/retail growth in recent years. With an aging utility infrastructure, some elements more than 65 years old, the existing system needs to be updated and redundancy systems put into place to ensure reliable and uninterrupted energy service to this vital part of our community.

New restaurants, shopping centers, office space, and new homes all contribute to an improved quality of life in this area, creating local jobs and attracting new residents and families. As these trends continue, BPU’s responsibility is to ensure the electric system can support the growth and expansion in this historic and dynamic area.

To accomplish this, The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is initiating the Rosedale Area Reliability Project to supply the necessary capacity and reliability vital to our community. The Project will include:

  • Construction of the new Rosedale Substation. This modernized substation will replace the existing Fisher Substation, which has been in service since 1972.
  • Construction of a new 161-kilovolt (kV) transmission line from the new Rosedale Substation to the existing Barber Substation. The new transmission line will be approximately 2 to 3 miles in length.
  • Upgrade the two existing transmission lines currently running from the Fisher Substation to the Armourdale Substation. The two lines, which are currently 69kV, will be upgraded to 161kV.


Population Growth

Kansas City, Kansas’s population increased by 4.1 percent from 2010 to 2016. Wyandotte County also experienced a 4 percent population increase during this same time.

Substation Modernization

The Fisher Substation, which will be replaced by the new Rosedale Substation, has been in service since 1972 and relies on some dedicated equipment that is outdated. The new substation will allow BPU to achieve modern benchmarks in construction and efficiency.

Regional Investment

More than $467 million of announced investments have been made in the Rosedale/Argentine area over the last five years.

Increased Reliability

Some of the 69-kV lines identified for upgrade are on common structures. A common structure supports multiple portions of an electrical system without the benefit of a redundant, or backup, structure. If a common structure were to fail, it could impact electric service to the area for an extended period.

Future Development

Upcoming development, both planned and anticipated by the Rosedale Master Plan, shows increased demand for housing, retail and office space, and urban transit - all of which require a bolstered power supply. The University of Kansas Medical Center, KU Hospital and Southwest Boulevard expansions will also require an enhanced electricity infrastructure.

Material Upgrades

The new lines will generally be constructed using a steel monopole design. This will allow BPU to replace some older, wooden transmission structures.


Once the community outreach and route selection portion of this Project has been completed, BPU anticipates that construction will begin in 2018, and the line will be energized in 2019.


Click here to view the proposed route options map.


The goal of this public involvement effort is to educate and engage the public, facilitate community participation, and collect valuable information from stakeholders to help select a route that minimizes impacts and is both economically viable and environmentally considerate.

We are proud to offer dependable and reliable electric service to every household and business in our community at some of the lowest rates in the nation. We’re committed to the neighborhoods that we serve and work hard to maintain your satisfaction through stable and reliable service.

BPU’s mission is to focus on the needs of our customers and to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.

Information gathered throughout the routing process provides valuable insight regarding properties, constraints and opportunities, and impacts to landowners. We are appreciative of all landowners for their cooperation throughout this process.


Project Hotline: (913) 210-5152

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