After years of talking about it, the CapX Power 202 transmission line is nearing the Minnesota River and about to cross from Sibley to Scott County.
Workers are taking advantage of the winter’s cold and frozen ground along the river bottoms to perform the work requiring heavy equipment to left the sections of each tower.
Construction workers for the power line cooperative are erecting the 140- to 170-foot-tall towers along Highway 25 west of County Road 14 and on the bluff overlooking the Minnesota River and Blakeley Township, just west of Belle Plaine’s municipal water treatment plant along Union Trail (County Road 6).
Construction work on the towers along Stoppelmann Boulevard south of the river is expecting to begin next week, weather permitting. Installation of the transmission lines in the area will begin later this month, said Randy Fordice, a CapX spokesman.
The line will cross Highway 169 at Stoppelmann Boulevard and run east across Belle Plaine Township to the Helena Substation and. It will cross southern Scott County and run into Dakota County before reaching Hampton.
The work began last spring in Renville County and moved eastward into Sibley County in 20 to 25 mile segments. Crews dug 40 to 60-foot deep footings to support the towers. The footings are supported by rebar and about 30 cubic yards of concrete.
The transmission line corridor – 600 to 1,000 feet wide – runs across Sibley County, north of Arlington, through Washington Lake and Faxon townships in eastern Sibley County and cross the Minnesota River into Blakeley Township and make its way through Blakeley and Belle Plaine townships. The towers will be spaced 800 to 1,000 feet apart.
The river crossing here is part of the $730 million Brookings, S.D. to Hampton, Minn. project.
The line will continue from Hampton across Wisconsin and on to Chicago.