HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ Officials say the first phase of an electric transmission line from Kansas to Nebraska is up and running, and construction of the second phase is ahead of schedule.
A spokesman for ITC Holdings says 90 miles of the high-voltage line from Spearville to near Hays was energized June 29 and is operating smoothly. That line ties into Midwest Energy's system at Post Rock.
The Hutchinson Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/MfzsVJ ) construction on Phase II, an 85-mile segment from Post Rock to the Nebraska border, is on schedule to be finished before the end of the year _ more than six months ahead of schedule.
ITC is building the line to the Nebraska border. The Nebraska Public Power District will build the final segment from border to Axtell, Neb.