Commissioners approve agreement for transmission line

By Gary Scott on March 23, 2015 at 1:28pm

File photo from last year. The bridge had collapsed after being closed for several years.

A series of agreements regarding a transmission line project were approved by Morgan County Commissioners this morning.

The Road Use Agreements approved are for the Ameren Illinois Rivers Transmission Line. The county approved it because county highways will be used during the construction of the line. Ameren will compensate Morgan County $8,000, according to highway department engineer Matt Coultas.

“Knowing that what they are going to bring into the area and on our road systems is going to be more than our road systems are use to seeing,” says Coultas.

“This goes as far as overweight and over sized permitted items throughout the course of the project. It gives the county a handle to determine what damages may occur during the project. Having that contractor on the other side of the agreement gives us a hold on rebuking some of our losses through damages or repair.”

Coultas told county commissioners this morning that work has already started in the Meredosia area. Ameren still needs a road crossing permit to be approved.

Ameren received approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission nearly a year ago to build the roughly 385-mile, $1.1-billion project. The line will run from Palmyra, Missouri to Sugar Creek, Indiana.

Commissioners this morning also approved a contact with Yamnitz and Associates from Fieldon, Illinois for reconstruction of the Clark Road Bridge, which goes over Indian Creek. Coultas says the bid came under $480,000. He says the project will be paid for with funds in the Township Bridge Program.

The hope is that the project will be completed by harvest time.

Also, it was announced this morning that unincorporated parts of Morgan County will switch from Homefield Energy to Constellation Energy as part of the county’s electric aggregation program. The new rate will be 5.79 cents per kilowatt hour.