- Lutesville-Heritage Project Public Involvement
Burns & McDonnell was involved in the route selection and public involvement for the proposed Lutesville-Heritage Transmission Line Project. The project involved the construction of a new 12.5-mile, 345-kV overhead transmission line from Ameren Missouri's existing Lutesville Substation to the proposed Heritage Substation in Cape Girardeau County, Mo. The project also involved the construction of a new 1.5-mile, 161-kV overhead transmission line from Ameren Missouri's existing 161-kV transmission line to the proposed Heritage Substation.
The project has been established to maintain the Cape Girardeau region's energy reliability and provide additional support to the existing transmission line infrastructure. In addition, it reinforces the transmission system against projected outages that could result in the loss of service to the Cape Girardeau area.
- Agency coordination
- Alternatives analysis
- CCN support
- GIS analysis
- Route selection
- Public involvement
- Website development
- Website maintenance
Burns & McDonnell initially developed a project study area based on environmental and land use features in the project area and consulted with local, state and federal agencies. Burns & McDonnell identified a network of alternative routes, organized public involvement activities and participated in two rounds of open house meetings to present the routes to the public, affected landowners and community leaders. A community representative forum was also part of the initiative. Burns & McDonnell's GIS staff prepared all maps and figures for use at public open house and community representative forum meetings.
As part of the project, Burns & McDonnell developed and maintained a project website, maintained contacts through Burns & McDonnell's Stakeholder Database Management System (SDMS), and used OneTouchPM® as a tool to internally review data with the team and display routes and other pertinent data layers at open houses.
The primary issues included conservation areas, existing irrigation systems, sinkhole areas, residential areas, floodplains and cultural resources sites. Alternative routes were evaluated based on locally important environmental and social issues, as well as engineering criteria. Burns & McDonnell presented the rationale for the selection of the preferred route to Ameren Missouri at the conclusion of the project. Burns & McDonnell also helped prepare materials in support of the Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) to the Missouri Public Service Commission.