MOXEE, Wash. — Yakima-area residents can see and comment next week on Bonneville Power Administration’s plan to rebuild an aging transmission line, which it says is necessary for continuing to supply power to local utilities.
The 115-kilovolt line, which runs 34 miles from BPA’s Midway Substation on the Columbia River to Moxee, has deteriorated since it was built in the 1940s, according to a news release from the utility.
BPA’s plan, called the Midway-Moxee Rebuild Project, will be on display from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Moxee City Hall, 255 W. Seattle Ave. People can ask questions, voice concerns, share local knowledge about the project area and submit comments on the project. That also can be done online at bpa.gov/goto/MidwayMoxee. Comments can be submitted until March 8 by phone at 800-622-4519, fax at 503-230-4019, or online at bpa.gov/comment.
Public comments can greatly help with planning, Chad Hamel, project manager for BPA, said in the release. “Their input helps our project team identify potential impacts to natural and human resources such as native plants and wildlife, land use, cultural resources and transportation.”
The project includes removing and replacing the existing wood pole transmission line, and improving existing and building new access roads, according to the release.
The federal agency has started reviewing the project’s potential environmental impact. Its assessment should be released in early 2014, according to the news release.