American Transmission Co. and Xcel Energy are continuing a multi-year public outreach process for the Badger Coulee Project with the first in a series of pre-construction open houses on April 14 in the Town of Springfield. Construction of the 180-mile, 345-kilovolt electric transmission line project from north of La Crosse to northern Dane County will begin in May in the area of the Town of Middleton to Town of Vienna.

“Landowners who may be affected by construction and members of the public are welcome to attend this pre-construction open house,” said Charles Gonzales, ATC senior local relations representative. “The event will provide an opportunity for people to learn what to expect in terms of equipment, timing, vegetation management and appearance of facilities,” said Gonzales.

The open house is from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Town of Springfield Town Hall, 6157 County Highway P, Dane. There will not be a formal presentation.

After more than five years of public involvement and regulatory review, ATC and Xcel Energy received approval in April 2015 from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to construct the $580 million project. The project will address electric system reliability issues locally and in the Midwest, provide economic savings and support renewable energy policy. Work will generally be conducted from east to west with a planned in-service date of 2018.

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