Williamson County steps in to fight proposed LCRA transmission lines

LCRA proposal to add transmission line and substations (KXAN Photo)
LCRA proposal to add transmission line and substations (KXAN Photo)

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — The Williamson County Commissioners Court is stepping in as an intervenor in the debate on where new transmission lines owned by the Lower Colorado River Authority will be installed. The decision was voted on 3-0 at Tuesday’s meeting to file a motion to intervene as an affected party, which means a county representative will now be able to present evidence and speak at hearings in regards to the proposed Leander to Round Rock transmission line.

The LCRA wants to run power transmission lines and two new substations along Farm to Market 1431, to County Road 175 and past Williamson County Regional Park. After considering feedback from Round Rock, Leander and Cedar Park, LCRA said they settled on this route because there are already power lines running along the area. The company also say it’s one of the cheaper options.

Commissioner Lisa Berkman, who requested the item be added to the agenda, says she wants the LCRA to consider a different route that includes fewer people. She prefers a route that runs north along Interstate 35 to County Road 2243. In the motion, the county says it is concerned about what the proposed line will have on the county’s infrastructure, including public roads and other rights of way.

If you live along any of the 31 proposed routes, you have less than 45 days to protest. The Public Utility Commission will make the final decision. If approved, the new Round Rock substation will be operational by 2019 and the Leander substation by 2020.



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