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Additional Resources - Sarpy Transmission Project

Additional Resources - Sarpy Transmission Project

Meetings and Supporting Material

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Thursday, Aug. 3, 5-8 p.m.
Millard Social Hall
10508 S. 144th Street, Omaha, NE 68138

Public Meeting Material

Project Timeline
Meeting Boards

Meeting Handout
Proposed Route Options 
Detailed Proposed Route Options 

Supporting Material

Preferred Route Handout 
Routing Criteria
Preferred Route 
Preferred Route Video

Typical Transmission Structure Measurements

Structure: Single steel shaft transmission poles (wood distribution poles where necessary)
Foundation: Concrete pier or directly embedded
Height: 115 – 150 feet (typical)
Span Length: 500 feet (typical) with distribution poles in between spans where necessary
Easement Width: 40 - 100 feet for new 161-kV transmission line

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What is the Sarpy Transmission Project?

The Sarpy Transmission Project consists of a new 161-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, estimated at 5.5 miles from substation 1255 to substation 1260. The preferred route is within Sarpy County, Nebraska, and includes the city of Papillion.

Who is building this transmission line?

Omaha Public Power District is coordinating all construction activities associated with this project including the coordination of supplemental contractors as required.  

What is the purpose and benefit of this Project?

Sarpy County is currently experiencing rapid commercial, industrial and residential growth. As your local energy partner, OPPD is preparing to invest in the area to provide the energy needed to grow our region. This project also supports OPPD's commitment to no general rate increase through 2021.

How is the final route determined?

A routing process considers and evaluates several criteria, including public input. Stakeholder feedback is obtained at local leader meetings, open houses, a hotline and comments submitted at

What is an easement?

A right to cross or otherwise use someone else's land for a specified purpose. In this case, the project’s easement will permit the construction, operation and maintenance of an overhead transmission line. The easement also permits the trimming of and removal of trees to prevent them from touching the line. 

How are transmission line easement widths determined?

Many factors enter into determining the width of transmission line easements, including voltage, structure design and location of the line with proximity to existing roadways. Easement widths will be based on final design to meet appropriate safety codes.

How will I know if my property will be impacted?

A final route was announced in September 2017. If you are a directly impacted landowner, a certified mailing was sent to the address of record with the county, or your preferred mailing address.  

What will the transmission line look like?

This Project will use single-pole structures. Below are examples of typical 161kV and 69kV structures.

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Will there be a wind farm located in the area?

This project does not include a wind farm. Project scope includes a new transmission line to support energy needs for future growth in the area. 

How can I stay informed?

Thank you for visiting OPPD Listens. We are committed to keeping all interested stakeholders throughout the Project up to date and informed about project efforts and progress. OPPD Listens will have the most up-to-date information to keep you informed. You may also contact us via the comment form or call 402-636-3062.

Send Us Your Comments

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OPPD Listens. Your feedback is important to us. Please provide your comments and let us know your thoughts about the Sarpy Transmission Project, or call 402-636-3062.