In early 2017, APS hired Environmental Planning Group (EPG) to assist in evaluating route alternatives, to assess potential environmental impacts, and to support the public outreach process. Through an extensive public outreach and planning process, which is now complete, we have identified the final alignments for the two segments of the project (see map below).
When developing route alternatives, APS evaluates many criteria, including: environmental impacts, engineering and construction feasibility, land acquisition timing and costs, regulatory approvals, potential impacts to existing and planned neighborhoods, and input from agencies and the public.
The new segments of the 69kV power line will be built on steel poles and will be either a single 69kV circuit configuration (three wires per circuit) or a double 69kV circuit configuration (six total wires on the same pole) depending on the segment. The anticipated height of the new poles will be approximately 65 feet. APS plans to have the first new 69kV power line (Valencia segment) in service by approximately late 2018."