Winchester Transmission Line Upgrade

Transmission line upgrades enhance reliability and strengthen the power grid, allowing us to serve homes and businesses well into the future

The Winchester Transmission Line project is a part of Missouri‚Äôs initiative to upgrade utility infrastructure with two focus areas and timelines: Southtown and Loma Vista and Leeds (which you'll see broken down below).

Southtown and Loma Vista  

Construction for the Southtown and Loma Vista portion of this project is scheduled June 2021- Dec. 2021.

As shown in the map for reference, the Loma Vista and Southtown transmission lines run parallel to each other for over two miles.

Transmission Key - blue is wood h-frame to steel h-frame, green is wood h-frame to steel double circuit pole and orange is no structure change

Map of Leeds transmission line
Map of Loma Vista and Southtown transmission lines

Leeds

Construction for the Leeds portion of this project is scheduled Dec. 2021-May 2022.

As shown in the map for reference, you can follow where the Leeds portion of this projects runs (along with which portions contain updates from Wood H-Frame to Steel H-Frame).

Transmission Key - blue is wood h-frame to steel h-frame, green is wood h-frame to steel double circuit pole and orange is no structure change

Real Estate

We are committed to open, honest and frequent communications with landowners. We will contact landowners who have property on the transmission line route and purchase the easements necessary to rebuild the line. We will also discuss what to expect from our construction efforts and restoration practices. Our intent is to leave property in a state comparable to pre-construction. Explore our real estate FAQs for more detail

Health and Environment

Evergy believes the environment is an important factor when planning and designing transmission line projects. We work closely with the appropriate organizations from the beginning of projects to make sure any direct environmental impact is appropriately identified and addressed.

Review our structure design plans or browse by each section of the Winchester transmission line below:

Steel poles are utilized for reliability and resiliency with the harsh weather conditions our communities can face. 

Existing structures that utilize guy-wires for support will be replaced with steel self-supporting structures, where possible.

wood three-pole structures and new steel three-pole structures

Existing three-pole structures will likely be replaced with new steel three-pole structures.

H-frame structures

Existing H-Frame structures will likely be replaced with new steel H-Frame structures or steel double circuit poles.

What is an easement?
An easement is an interest in land that permits the use of land for a specific purpose. For Evergy’s projects, the easement permits surveys, construction, operation and maintenance of distribution and transmission lines and other equipment. The easement also permits ingress and egress to the easement and permits the trimming and removal of trees, on or adjoining the easement, that may interfere with the safe and reliable operation of the electrical lines.

If an easement is granted, will there be any restrictions on the use of my property?
The existence of a transmission line easement restricts some possible uses for property. Acceptable uses include planting crops, pasture and roadways. The three most common restrictions include limiting the amount of allowed grade change, restricting buildings or structures within the easement area and restrictions on planting trees that may grow into the lines.

How long will the easement exist?
Transmission line easements are permanent and recorded at county’s Register of Deeds Office.

Will access to my property be required prior to construction?
Access to the easement corridor is required prior to construction for the purposes of tests, surveys and studies to determine environmental and soil conditions.

Will my property be restored?
After construction, properties will be restored to, near as reasonable, pre-construction condition. In addition, an Evergy Project Representative will communicate with property owners to discuss and compensate for any damage caused by construction, including damage to crops and fences.

Will my trees be trimmed or removed?
Any tree located within the right-of-way limits that will interfere with construction or operations will need to be removed. Any trees with branches overhanging the right-of-way limits will need to be side trimmed. All work performed will be overseen by a trained tree professional.