Installation of Conduit for Underground Transmission Line Set to Begin July 6 in St. Croix Falls

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 at 9:00 am

As part of a larger transmission upgrade project to improve service reliability to electric customers in counties in eastern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin , installation of the final segment of conduit to accommodate an underground transmission line will begin Tuesday, July 6, in the city of St. Croix Falls.

This portion of the Xcel Energy project to upgrade an existing transmission line between the Chisago County and Apple River substations will begin with trenching and pouring concrete conduits for the cable. The work will start on the north side of E. Louisiana Street and proceed south on Blanding Woods Road for approximately 3,200 feet to Maple Drive . In an effort to keep E. Louisiana Street open to traffic, work will take place on one side of the street at a time.

The contractor will excavate a six-foot-wide-by-four-foot-deep trench and install conduit encased in concrete along the west side of Blanding Woods Road . They will dig open trenches in segments, to minimize disruption and ensure that a portion of the street will be open at all times. Xcel Energy has been working with area residents to inform them of the project and will continue to provide updates as work progresses. However, construction at times could cause noise, dust and heavy truck traffic, as the excavated soils are hauled away.

Additionally, to coincide with Xcel Energy’s project, crews will install approximately 1,955 feet of new force main sewer line along the portion of the corridor from 136 Blanding Woods Rd. to Maple Drive . Completion of the transmission line conduit project is expected in mid to late August.

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