Trenton Transmission Line Upgrade

Transmission line upgrades enhance reliability and strengthen the power grid, allowing us to serve homes and businesses well into the future.

The Trenton Transmission Line project is a part of Missouri’s initiative to upgrade utility infrastructure. Explore the plans and timelines below.

Phase 1

Construction is scheduled March 2022–December 2022.

Trenton transmission project map

Phase 2

Construction is scheduled January 2023–May 2023.

Trenton transmission project map

Real Estate

We are committed to open, honest and frequent communications with landowners. We will contact landowners who have property on the transmission line route and purchase the easements necessary to rebuild the line. We will also discuss what to expect from our construction efforts and restoration practices. Our intent is to leave property in a state comparable to pre-construction.

Property restoration will take place after construction is complete. Duration of restoration is weather dependent and varies by project, but properties will be restored to, near as reasonable, pre-construction condition. An Evergy project representative will communicate with property owners individually to discuss expected timeline and damage, if any, caused by construction.

Explore our real estate FAQs below for more detail.

Health and Environment

Evergy believes the environment is an important factor when planning and designing transmission line projects. We work closely with the appropriate organizations from the beginning of projects to make sure any direct environmental impact is appropriately identified and addressed.

Review our structure design plans of the Trenton transmission line below:

Steel poles are utilized for reliability and resiliency with the harsh weather conditions our communities can face.

  • Turning structures (poles on street corners or where the line changes direction) will likely be replaced with steel single poles.
  • In-line structures (poles between turning structures) will likely be replaced with wood single poles.
  • New structures without distribution equipment will be approximately 10 feet taller than existing structures. New structures with distribution equipment will be approximately 30 feet taller than existing structures.

Image of pole diagram for typical wood or steel single pole A  image of pole diagram with typical wood and steel single pole B

A mix of self-supporting structures and structures that utilize guy-wires for support will be used.

image of pole diagram showing guy-wired vs. self-supporting structure

What is an easement?
An easement is an interest in land that permits the use of land for a specific purpose. For Evergy’s projects, the easement permits surveys, construction, operation and maintenance of distribution and transmission lines and other equipment. The easement also permits ingress and egress to the easement and permits the trimming and removal of trees, on or adjoining the easement, that may interfere with the safe and reliable operation of the electrical lines.

If an easement is granted, will there be any restrictions on the use of my property?
The existence of a transmission line easement restricts some possible uses for property. Acceptable uses include planting crops, pasture and roadways. The three most common restrictions include limiting the amount of allowed grade change, restricting buildings or structures within the easement area and restrictions on planting trees that may grow into the lines.

How long will the easement exist?
Transmission line easements are permanent and recorded at county’s Register of Deeds Office.

Will access to my property be required prior to construction?
Access to the easement corridor is required prior to construction for the purposes of tests, surveys and studies to determine environmental and soil conditions.

Will my property be restored?
After construction, properties will be restored to, near as reasonable, pre-construction condition. In addition, an Evergy Project Representative will communicate with property owners to discuss and compensate for any damage caused by construction, including damage to crops and fences.

Will my trees be trimmed or removed?
Any tree located within the right-of-way limits that will interfere with construction or operations will need to be removed. Any trees with branches overhanging the right-of-way limits will need to be side trimmed. All work performed will be overseen by a trained tree professional.