The final Lakeshore Lateral Project application submitted to the Public Service Commission by We Energies this month lists the proposed gas pipeline route that travels through the towns of Brighton and Paris as the preferred route.
However, the route has been revised since presented to town residents last May.
It now is projected to run primarily cross country at a point south of Highway KR as it runs through Brighton and Paris.
Amy Jahns, spokesperson for We Energies, said the preferred, revised route was chosen based on safety, environmental, future land development, and agricultural considerations in addition to project costs.
The primary purpose of the gas pipeline is “to increase the quantity and reliability of natural gas service, both on a peak day and annually, in southeastern Wisconsin given projected load growth, planned distribution facility modifications, and pipeline capacity alternatives serving southern Wisconsin,” the application reads.
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Parts of the application are redacted. Those that are available publicly on the Public Service Commission website do not mention Foxconn Tecnology Group. However, the endpoint of the proposed pipeline is near Highway KR at Interstate 94 and the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park campus.
If one of the two proposed routes is approved by the PSC, construction is schedules to begin in the summer of 2020.
The pipeline is proposed to be built west from the We Energies Bluff Creek gate station and take one of two proposed routes through Racine and Kenosha counties.
Route A, listed as the company’s preferred route, is estimated to cost $184.19 million. It cuts through the northern tip of Elkhorn, traveling southeast through the towns of LaFayette, Spring Prairie and Lyons in Walworth County. In Racine County, it runs through the city and town of Burlington.
In Kenosha County it follows a path that travels east cross country, along Highway BB at the north edge of Brighton Dale Links golf course, north on 172nd Avenue, and again east and north cross country to Highway KR just west of I-94. It would cross 245 parcels, 102 wetland areas, 35 waterways and two bodies of water.
Route B, which does not enter Kenosha County, is estimated to cost $191,765,000. It would cross 299 parcels, 79 wetland areas, 20 waterways and one body of water.