Power company’s substation on line
On July 8, Leavenworth Jefferson Electric Cooperative energized the new Stranger substation, which is two miles east of Tonganoxie on Leavenworth County Road 5.
The substation will satisfy the area's increasing electric demand for many years, company officials said. The $2.5 million project included building more than seven miles of transmission line from Westar Energy's high-voltage transmission substation at Parallel Road and Kansas Highway 16 Highway. Distribution voltage lines were built below the transmission lines.
On July 13 -- after allowing a few days to allow the substation transformer to achieve operating temperatures -- power went out to more than 300 homes in the Mitchell Road to Kissinger Road area north of Tonganoxie and the area east of the substation toward Basehor.
Construction on the project started more than a year ago.
The increasing number of new homes in the rural areas of Leavenworth County was the initial reason for planning the new substation, company officials said.
With the recent development of Stonecreek, Jackson Heights and Willow Pointe in Tonganoxie, and of the commercial areas of Urban Hess Industrial Park, Highland Ridge Business Center and Sunflower Subdivision, the current substation serving the area was reaching its maximum capacity, company officials said.
The company continues to connect homes to the new distribution lines and to install new automatic meter-reading devices. In addition, the existing distribution lines and poles along most of the route will be removed.