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LOCKHART, Texas – Construction is set to begin May 17 on a project to increase the reliability and capability of transmission lines that travel through the Lockhart area.
LCRA crews will upgrade more than 3 miles of high-voltage transmission line that goes through Lockhart.
LCRA Transmission Services Corporation will be replacing existing structures with higher-capacity structures to improve the resiliency of the line and allow it to deliver more electricity in the future. The new design also will make the line better able to withstand extreme conditions such as wind, ice and other weather-related issues. Upgraded lines can help minimize outages, restoration times and restoration costs.
The project will replace or rebuild more than 30 structures and the associated conductor on the line that runs from the Lockhart substation to the Clear Fork substation. Portions of the work will occur near the intersection of FM 20 (Blackjack Street) and U.S. 183 South (South Colorado Street) and west of U.S. 183 South on FM 20 (State Park Road). The project also includes work near Texas 130. Large construction equipment, bucket trucks and cranes will be used in the project, and traffic may occasionally be stopped for brief periods on roads under the lines as the work progresses.
The first phase of construction, which includes removing the existing conductor and transmission line structures, is scheduled to take place from mid-May through early June. The new line is scheduled to be constructed between June and early August.
About LCRA and LCRA TSC
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations.
In 2002, LCRA created LCRA Transmission Services Corporation as a nonprofit corporation for transmission operations. LCRA TSC has invested more than $3.6 billion in transmission projects to meet the growing demand for electricity, improve reliability, connect new generating capacity, address congestion problems that affect the competitive market and help move renewable energy to the market. For more information, visit lcra.org.