Ameren gets OK for transmission line in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — State regulators have given Ameren permission to acquire the right-of-way to build a 380-mile-long transmission line across Illinois.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/179m4vY) that Ameren Transmission received approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission for section of Coles, Douglas, Moultrie and Piatt counties. The high-voltage transmission line is planned to be 150-feet wide and run from Quincy to Terre Haute, Ind.

Regulators denied construction in certain areas and the St. Louis-based company says it is reviewing its options on routing those segments. Construction is scheduled to begin as early as 2014.

The line will have 80 to 90-foot tall poles on 12-foot wide concrete bases. The company says that's to allow landowners to use land for farming or grazing.

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