It’s encouraging that Westar Energy has extended its timeline and is seeking a way to keep high-voltage transmission lines along Kellogg, rather than reroute them through far-east Wichita neighborhoods. The scale of opposition from hundreds of residents of the Shadybrook, Overbrook, Crestview and Belle Terre neighborhoods calls for such a rethinking. The Kansas Department of Transportation, which has been a good partner on upcoming East Kellogg freeway construction, should help make way for the transmission lines as it can. As one of those affected homeowners, Sedgwick County Commissioner Dave Unruh, put it: “Clearly the logical resolution is to leave this on the right of way on a major highway thoroughfare and not bring it into established neighborhoods.” – Rhonda Holman
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