Proposed Powerplant Adds Traintracks to Ease Neighbors Concerns

By: Zac Schultz
By: Zac Schultz

Wisconsin Public Service has announced they will add a new loop track when they build the proposed Weston 4 power plant.

The loop track is a railroad that will encircle the plant and allow trains delivering coal to come inside the grounds.

Currently, trains block railroad crossings and create traffic problems because the train is unloaded in segments. WPS is still putting together its application for the new 500-megawatt power plant. It will go before the Public Service Commission later this year.

The loop track will alleviate some of the local concerns about the new power plant. It will not only cut down on traffic problems, but it will reduce the amount of noise created when coal trains are uncoupled for dumping.

The loop will add $2 million to the $700 million price tag, but project manager Jeff Jensen says its worth it if it keeps their neighbors happy.

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