An electric transmission project planned for northeastern Missouri has passed a crucial hurdle, securing local approval in the five counties along its proposed route.
Ameren, the St. Louis-based utility, announced Wednesday that it had finalized the planned route for its high-voltage Mark Twain Transmission Project, after obtaining the last of the local assents needed to pave the way for the line.
If given final approval by the Missouri Public Service Commission, the approximately 100-mile transmission line will extend from just outside of Palmyra — a small town near Hannibal — to the Iowa border, passing through Adair, Knox, Lewis, Marion and Schuyler counties.
The project will be co-located along the right of way for existing transmission lines. Its finalized route is different than the one Ameren originally sought, which would have included Shelby County but not Lewis County, and would have been almost entirely situated along new right of ways, according to Eric Seidler, vice president of asset management, engineering and maintenance for Ameren Transmission.
Ameren hopes to gain PSC approval for the line in early 2018, with the goal of completing construction in December 2019.
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch