Rosedale Area Reliability Project FAQS

  • Why is this Project necessary?
    With an aging utility infrastructure, some elements more than 65 years old, the existing electrical system needs to be updated to ensure reliable and uninterrupted energy service to this vital part of our community. Also, thanks to rapid growth in Rosedale’s residential, retail and industrial sectors, the electrical grid is close to its capacity. To support future growth, improvements are needed.
  • How will this Project benefit the community?
    As the Rosedale community continues to grow, the electrical system that supports it must grow as well. The upgraded transmission lines will carry a greater volume of power and increase reliability by removing common structures that could impact electric service. The Fisher Substation, which has been in service since 1972, will be replaced by the new Rosedale Substation.
  • Where will this Project be located?
    This Project will be located in the Rosedale area in Wyandotte County. For a better understanding of the project area, you can view a study area map here.
  • What factors are considered in determining the proposed route?
    Some of the criteria reviewed when determining a potential route include the proximity of residences, schools, churches, parks, and existing infrastructure. We also engage the public to educate them on the need for the Project, understand their concerns, and incorporate their input so that the selected route minimizes impacts.
  • How long will this transmission line be?
    Until a final route is selected, the exact length of the line will be unknown. It is anticipated that the line will be 2 to 3 miles in length.
  • How tall will the structures be? What will they look like?
    The structures will be vertical steel-shaft monopoles. The typical height of these structures will be 100 to 150 feet depending on the location and need. The typical span length between structures will be 400 to 700 feet.
  • How will environmental concerns be addressed?
    BPU will comply with all local, state and Federal environmental regulations.
  • Why can’t this line be placed underground?
    One factor is cost. For a high-voltage 161-kV line to be run underground, the cost could be as much as four-times higher. A second reason is that underground high-voltage lines are difficult to repair. While finding and repairing overhead line problems can be accomplished in hours, underground transmission line repairs can take weeks. As this Project’s purpose is to enhance reliability, extended repair delays would severely impact residences, businesses, commercial operations and healthcare facilities.
  • What is an easement, and how wide will it be?
    An easement is a legal right to use someone's land for a specific purpose. In the case of the Rosedale Area Reliability Project, landowners will be asked to grant an easement for the purpose of building and maintaining an electric transmission line. An easement does not transfer ownership.
  • How will I know if my property will be impacted?
    We anticipate the announcement of the selected route in February 2018. If you are a directly impacted landowner, the Project team will send you a letter notifying you of the decision. The final route will also be posted online.
  • Are there safety concerns I should know about?
    BPU is committed to following safety guidelines for the construction and operation of its facilities and resources.
  • How can I stay informed?
    If you would like to be informed of Project developments, please enter your contact information here.
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