Evergy finalizes modifications for NE Wichita transmission line

9/17/2020

Using feedback received at our open house last December, Evergy has finalized design modifications for a rebuilt transmission line along Mossman and Green streets in northeast Wichita. Construction is scheduled to begin in early October and be completed by the end of the year.

Evergy will replace the top sections of steel turning structures (poles on street corners or where the line changes direction) with shorter sections, reducing their overall height by an average of 10 to 12 feet.

 Turning Structure Comparison

We will also replace steel in-line structures (poles between turning structures) with wood poles, reducing their overall height by an average of 10 to 12 feet and moving them an average of 10 to 12 feet closer to the roadway.

Mossman Street Structures



Green Street Structures

In-Line Structures - Distance Moved

Evergy is rebuilding a transmission line that connects substations on 17th Street, Mossman Street and the Wichita State University campus. The project replaces a line more than 50 years old and will help improve reliability and support growth in Wichita. The new line is more efficient, stronger and incorporates technology that helps reduce power outages, both in frequency and length.

When steel structures were installed for the line between substations on 17th and on Mossman, residents expressed concern about the size and placement of steel poles. We are modifying the line along Mossman and Green streets to reduce the footprint of the line. After those modifications are complete, we will re-evaluate options regarding the rebuilt line along Hydraulic between 11th and 17th streets. We will host a public open house in 2021 before finalizing plans to rebuild the line that connects the Mossman Street substation to one on the WSU campus.

After meeting with residents concerned about the rebuilt transmission line, we made commitments to the community to provide grants to non-profit organizations that serve residents in the area, and to provide an opportunity for residents to review and provide feedback on design plans for the next phase of the project.

Working with the Wichita Community Foundation, we launched a $1 million community fund and a $250,000 scholarship fund in 2019. To date, the fund has awarded $375,000 in grants to 13 organizations in 2019 and more than $246,000 in grants to six organizations this year, as well as $20,000 in scholarships. Additionally, $100,000 in grants were awarded to ten organizations focused on responding to the pandemic and racial injustice this month. A panel of community leaders who have personal and professional connections in Wichita’s city council district 1 review applications and award the grants.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please maintain social distancing and not approach Evergy employees or contractors when they are working. We appreciate your understanding as we take precautions to protect you and our workforce.

5/1/2020

Evergy’s teams have been reviewing the feedback received at the open house and exploring every design option. To finalize design plans, an engineering evaluation along Mossman and Green streets will be performed in May. Once our evaluation is complete and the redesign is finalized, we’ll share design plans and construction information.

12/12/2019

Evergy Kansas Central, Inc. (formerly Westar Energy) is committed to modifying the transmission line along Mossman and Green streets, using smaller wood or steel poles where possible. We are also committed to moving the poles closer to the street where we can. On December 3, we hosted an open house to present design options that meet these goals to residents in the area for feedback. We will review and incorporate the feedback we receive to finalize the design. Construction is tentatively scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.

Option A

  • Wood poles, where possible, with an average height of 79 feet vs. the existing height of 90 feet.
  • Wood poles, where possible, to be on average 10 to 15 feet closer to the roadway.
  • Steel turning structures will remain in place. Top sections of the structures will be replaced with shorter sections, reducing the overall height by 10 to 12 feet.

Option B
  • Wood poles, where possible, with an average height of 79 feet vs. the existing height of 90 feet.
  • Wood poles, where possible, to be on average 10 to 15 feet closer to the roadway.
  • Steel turning structures on street corners will be removed and replaced with wood poles. In two of four locations, these poles will need to be supported by overhead cables connected to additional wood poles, which will be supported by guy-wires. Guy-wires are needed to ensure the poles stand upright.

Option C
  • Line and structures will remain as is. No further work will be completed.