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To meet the growing need for electricity in south Minneapolis, Xcel Energy has proposed the Hiawatha Project, which would make major improvements to the existing electric infrastructure in the area. The Hiawatha Project will provide the transmission capacity needed to maintain reliable service to the area and to support continued economic development in the future.
The Hiawatha Project consists of two 115-kilovolt underground transmission lines along 28th Street East in south Minneapolis. The 1.5 mile-long lines will connect to a new substation near the Hiawatha corridor and another new substation at Oakland Ave South.
On Feb. 10, 2012 the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) issued a Route Permit and a Certificate of Need to Xcel Energy, thereby authorizing the company to construct and operate the Hiawatha Project.
Last Updated: November 26, 2013
Underground Construction - An updated schedule overview on a segment by segment basis can be found at the link below.
Installation of the new underground duct is complete. Crews are now proofing the ducts to ensure specifications have been met. Daily lane closures will occur as needed.
The cable is scheduled to be pulled into the ducts starting in April 2014.
Many overstory trees along the north side of E. 28th Street between Portland Avenue and Hiawatha Avenue are being removed this fall by Xcel Energy Contractors. The stumps will be ground out and filled with black dirt and seeded. The City of Minneapolis Parks Department will plant new ornamental trees in their place in 2014.
Please use caution while travelling through construction work zones as lane widths are restricted and crews are working in the road.
Hiawatha West Substation – Electric construction is well underway. Foundations, structural steel, breakers have been installed. The transformer will arrive before the end of 2013.
Midtown Substation – Work on the Gas Insulated Substation is well underway.
There is currently no detour in place. Daily lane closures along E. 28th Street and Oakland Avenue will occur as needed.
|Winter/spring 2012||Survey and soil borings|
|May 2012||Land and easement acquisition|
|Fall 2012-Summer/Fall 2014||Transmission Line Construction|
|Summer 2012-Fall 2014||Substation Construction|
|End of 2014||In-Service|
On May 18, 2013 the MN Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel Energy’s May 1, 2013 compliance filing.
Certificate of Need
Xcel Energy submitted a Certificate of Need application for the Hiawatha Project on Nov. 29, 2010.
Xcel Energy submitted a Route Permit application to the MPUC in April 2009.
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