Neighbors Bash Westar's "Ugly" Transmission Poles

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- Sarah Dickens has lived in her Topeka home for the past 2 years.

"It's huge. It takes up quite a bit of space actually," says Sarah.

The large pole behind Sarah's home is "mostly just kind of ugly," Sarah says.

"It's part of Westar Energy's $14 million project to install a new transmission line.

"It is very striking to see it at first," said Westar Energy's Gina Penzig.

Penzig says the line will connect from the substation at Kanza Education Park Grounds near I-70 and MacVicar to a substation at 17th and Fairlawn.

"This line will help support reliability in the general Topeka area. One of the benefits of this project is while we are installing 97 very large towers. We are going to take out more than 230 wooden power poles and streetlight poles," says Penzig.

"I think people right now might think its an eyesore, but in a few years nobody is even going to care really cant think of anything to be negative about it," said Topekan, Dee Mollenkant.

"It's a great investment in the city," says Penzig.

Penzig says transmission lines were not built underground because it would be double to triple the cost. She says Westar Energy is expected to finish the project by the end of this year.