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South Central Reliability Project

Project Overview

In the past few years, the need for energy has increased in south-central Kansas. Recent studies of the transmission system have identified the need for a new power line connecting a substation southwest of Conway Springs with one northwest of Clearwater. A new line, which may also include rebuilding part of an existing line, between these two substations will help keep electricity in your area and south-central Kansas reliable.

This map shows the final, selected route for the new power line in red. The initial estimated investment for the project is $78 million.

Project Benefits
  • Improve electric system reliability overall
  • Enable economic growth
  • Strengthen the regional transmission grid
  • Provide tax revenue, construction jobs and local expenditures
  • Expand capabilities for future investment in area industry
Project Timeline

Summer 2016 Winter 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Winter 2018
Route determined. Easement acquisition complete. Route preparation Construction begins. Construction completed.
About the Line

The route has to be determined before our engineers can determine the right structure types to use, but the structures will likely be:

  • Self-weathering structures
  • Between 100 and 120 feet tall
  • Spacing between each pole will be around 700 feet
Route Selection

Westar contracted with outside experts to perform an evaluation of the area between the substations. This evaluation was intended to minimize adverse impacts to residents, their land, and the natural environment while providing a technically viable and cost-effective transmission line route. Potential routes were developed by defining routes that would technically work and then looking for those that minimize social and environmental impacts and are economically reasonable. Input received from residents in the area also helped us determine the final selected route.

Keeping You Informed

We thank you for your interest in the project. Zach Timmons is available to help you as your dedicated Westar representative for this project. You may reach him at (316) 299-7164 or by email at

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