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Power line open house May 17
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An open house on the proposed Cardinal–Hickory Creek electric transmission line project will be held at Pioneer Lanes, 1185 E. Business 151, Platteville, Tuesday, May 17 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Cardinal–Hickory Creek Project would connect American Transmission Co.’s Cardinal Substation in the Town of Middleton, with ITC Midwest LLC’s Hickory Creek Substation in Dubuque County. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., the regional electric transmission organization, approved the need for the approximately 125-mile, 345,000-volt project as part of a portfolio of 17 transmission line projects.

The project will require state regulatory approvals from Wisconsin and Iowa agencies as well as federal approvals from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers. The utilities anticipate filing applications with state regulatory agencies in 2018 and 2019. Based on the regulatory process and involvement of multiple local, state and federal regulatory agencies, the companies are anticipating that the project would be in service in 2023.