Xcel could turn Midtown Greenway into visual eyesore, critics say
Xcel Energy, being the totally green and visually conscious people that they are, want to build a high voltage line along the Minneapolis Midtown Greenway. Nothing like adding a beautiful power line to the city's big attempt to go green and look pretty doing it.
More from the Star Tribune:
Xcel is proposing an aerial line, which is cheaper but runs counter to the sentiment of area council members that the line should be buried. They prefer a route under E. 28th Street if the line goes ahead.
Betty Mirzayi, Xcel's transmission project manager, said Xcel chose the route largely following the Greenway's south rim because it's a more direct route that would be cheaper to build.
Xcel looked at an underground alternative, but said burying the line would cost $15.8 million more that would be passed along to residents. Installing overhead lines would cost $2 million of the project's $15 million total budget.
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