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Sammamish – Juanita 115 kV transmission line
Winter 2014 project updates
- PSE is currently working on the project design for the preferred final route.The preferred final route was developed in collaboration with the stakeholder advisory group and input from the community and meeting materials listed below. Read the Recommendations Report.
- We are working to refine the preferred final route and evaluate the different engineering alignment options and environmental impacts, including impacts to trees, streams and wetlands. In 2013, we focused on refining the route:
- Former BNSF railroad corridor in Kirkland - PSE has been consulting with other easement holders on the preliminary alignment. PSE has been consulting with City of Kirkland and King County to adjust the preliminary alignment to ensure the transmission line and their current or planned use of the corridor are compatible. In addition, PSE has been participating in the Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Council to help ensure the project aligns with other regional plans.
- Area from the Sammamish substation to Northeast 124th Street – PSE continues to study and refine the preferred route alignment between the office buildings west of Willows Road, as well as the fallback route on Willows Road. Preliminary environmental surveys and wetland delineations north of the substation for the preferred and fallback routes are complete, which have informed the alignment options. PSE has had conversations with property owners on possible pole locations, and continues to have conversations with the City of Redmond on potential permitting issues; specifically regarding potential effects to conservation easements. PSE hopes to have a preliminary alignment for this section of the project in early 2014.
- Crossing Interstate 405 – PSE met earlier this year and is planning another meeting for the first quarter of 2014 with Washington State Department of Transportation to discuss the proposed design for crossing I-405.
- For the Willows Road area, PSE is refining the preferred final route. In the event PSE is unable to obtain the necessary permits to construct the preferred route, PSE will pursue permits for the fallback route along Willows Road.
- Over the next few months, our consultants will be conducting additional environmental studies and considering ways to mitigate project impacts. In addition, we will continue to coordinate with city and agency staff, as well as property owners along the preferred final route.
- We continue to keep the stakeholder advisory group informed of project progress and respond to questions and concerns from individual property owners.
- We anticipate submitting permit applications in early 2015, and expect to begin construction of the transmission line in late 2016 or early 2017, depending on design and permitting schedules.
- View some typical 115 kV transmission lines and poles.
Customer power usage is straining the electric system serving Redmond and Kirkland, which reduces PSE's ability to reliably serve power to area residents and businesses. To increase electric system capacity and improve reliability for customers, PSE plans to construct approximately 4.5 miles of 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line from the Sammamish substation (9221 Willows Rd. NE in Redmond) to just south of the existing Juanita substation (10910 NE 132nd St. in Kirkland) to interconnect with an existing transmission line that crosses over Northeast 124th Street.
For more information about the project, review our project fact sheet. To learn more about the community-involved siting process for the project, review the advisory group and open house meeting information listed below.
For more information about this project, please email email@example.com or call our project manager, Barry Lombard, at 425-456-2230.
What is a transmission line?
Transmission lines are key elements in the electrical distribution system. The lines safely transport high voltage electricity from power generation sources like dams and wind generating facilities to substations in local communities. Transmission normally takes place at voltages of 55 kV and higher.
Committed to keeping you informed
PSE will continue to provide updates to the community. We will notify residents and businesses near the project area when construction will occur. We aim to complete the work with as little disruption as possible.
Download the information
Download these PDF files for more detail on PSE's Sammamish-Juanita 115 kV electric transmission line project.
Project fact sheet, updated November 2013
Stakeholder Advisory Group’s Recommendations Report, October 2012
Map: PSE's preferred final route
Map: PSE's preferred final route (aerial)
PSE's Preferred Route Decision, September 2012 »
Oct. 3, 2012 advisory group meeting: Project update and recommendations report »
August 21 and 22, 2012 open houses: Feedback on the recommended preferred route »
July 18, 2012 advisory group meeting: Identifying the recommended preferred route »
July 18, 2012 advisory group meeting summary
July 18, 2012 advisory group presentation
Final decision criteria
Criteria data tables (east and west of I-405)
Multi-objective decision analysis value weighting results
Multi-objective decision analysis scoring worksheets
Scoring results - preferred route west of I-405
Scoring results - preferred route east of I-405
Commercial, multifamily, parks and other uses data (east and west of I-405)
Cities of Kirkland and Redmond permitting process flow charts
City of Redmond zoning code on view corridors and gateways
City of Redmond comprehensive plan's Willows/Rose Hill neighborhood policies
What the community is saying presentation
Summary of comment form responses from June 2012 public meetings
Summary of online questionnaires
Communications report, July 3 - July 13, 2012
Summary of communications from May 16 - July 2, 2012
Communications report, May 16 - July 2, 2012
Communications report, August 13, 2008 - May 16, 2012
July 18, 2012 agenda
June 20 and 23, 2012 community meetings: Feedback on the three route alternatives »
May 16, 2012 advisory group meeting: Review of modified route alternatives »
February 2012 update: Initial route alternatives »
February 2, 2012 advisory group meeting: Selection of three route alternatives and modifications »
January 26, 2012 advisory group meeting: Narrowing the field of GeoRoute model outputs »
December 14, 2011 public open house: Review of sample GeoRoute model outputs and
November 17, 2011 advisory group meeting: Scenario testing the GeoRoute model and conceptual route outputs »
November 3, 2011 advisory group meeting: Scenario testing the GeoRoute model »
October 17, 2011 advisory group meeting: Overview of past route options and the routing model »
September 29, 2011 advisory group meeting: Overview of project need and advisory group process »
September 2011 project update: Convening the stakeholder advisory group »
Historic project information (2008-09) »