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After nearly 4 years, 32-mile utility project complete
After nearly 4 years, 32-mile utility project complete

$219 million project meant to improve reliability of power supply 

American Transmission Co. has energized the completed 32-mile, 345-kilovolt Rockdale-West Middleton Transmission Line.

Brian Fischer, Rockdale-West Middleton project manager, said in a news release that the company’s coordinated performance on multiple fronts during the past four years of planning, design and construction were evidence of the project’s success.

The line can carry 1,267 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 239,000 homes and connects through Monona, Blooming Grove, City and Town of Madison, Pleasant Springs and Middleton.

The project was first introduced to the public in 2004 and included multiple public meetings thoughout Dane County over three years. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin approved the $219 million project in June 2009.

Much of the stakeholder input centered around environmental and visual impacts along the proposed routes. In 2009, after nearly two years of regulatory review, the PSC ordered a portion of the line to be built along the environmentally sensitive, highly visible and heavily traveled Beltline Highway.

Additional information -- including final route maps -- is available online.

Watch an earlier report on the transmission line project

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