Midwest Transmission Project

Location: Northwest Missouri/Southeast Nebraska

Client: Kansas City Power & Light, Omaha Public Power District

Completion Date: Summer 2017 (est.)

Burns & McDonnell is involved in the route selection, public involvement and permitting for the proposed 160-mile Midwest Transmission Project. The project extends from Kansas City Power & Light's (KCP&L's) existing Sibley Substation near Sibley, Mo., to a proposed substation near Maryville, Mo., and then to the Omaha Public Power District's (OPPD's) Substation 3458 south of Nebraska City, Neb. The project has been established to reduce congestion on the region's transmission system and provide essential transmission capacity for long-term, efficient delivery of energy to the region. Additionally, the project will provide an alternate route during emergencies and greater service reliability for the Midwest region. The project is one of several priority projects as determined by the Southwest Power Pool Board of Directors and Members Committee in April 2010.

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  • Routing study
  • Public involvement
  • Alternatives analysis
  • Agency coordination
  • GIS analysis
  • Environmental permitting

The Midwest Transmission Project will involve a three-phase approach consisting of a study area, route network and final routes phase. Burns & McDonnell developed a project study area based on environmental and land use features in the project area and are consulting with local, state and federal agencies. Burns & McDonnell will identify a network of alternative routes, organize public involvement activities and participate in in three rounds of open house meetings to present the routes to the public, affected landowners and community leaders. The project will also include meetings with advisory groups and local leaders. Burns & McDonnell's GIS staff will prepare all maps and figures for use at agency, advisory group, local leader and public open house meetings.

The primary issues associated with the project include: landowner/community involvement; multiple crossings of the Missouri River; coordination with two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers districts; federal, state and conservation lands; and airports/airstrips throughout the project area. Alternative routes will be evaluated based on locally important environmental and social issues, as well as engineering criteria. Burns & McDonnell will present the rationale for the selection of the preferred route to KCP&L and OPPD and provide a detailed report including the compiled information, public involvement activities and alternatives analysis.