New LCRA High Voltage Powerline – Hill County (Gillespie County / Fredericksburg / Stonewall)

The new high-voltage electric transmission line will connect the planned CTEC Blumenthal Substation in eastern Gillespie County and LCRA TSC’s Kendall-to-Mountain Top 138-kV transmission line in northern Kendall and western Blanco counties.  LCRA’s route crosses scenic Hill Country property that, in most cases, have no pre-existing power lines.



The new electric transmission line is scheduled to transmit 138,000 kilo volts of electricity (138kV).  Easements necessary for LCRA’s new high-voltage power line are anticipated to be at least 80 feet wide.  Towers for the 138kV power lines are often 80′ to 140′.

LCRA will move forward with taking the right-of-way in 2016.  LCRA recently sent out letters directly to property owners that will be impacted.  LCRA reports that engineering and design will begin in Spring 2016.  LCRA expects to begin construction by December 2016 and hopes to have the line fully energized by 2018.

Contact  Johns, Marrs, Ellis & Hodge LLP’s Austin office for additional information on LCRA’s 138-kV Project or future periodic updates.


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Luke Ellis and Justin Hodge are partners with Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP. Justin heads the firm's eminent domain practice in the Houston office. Luke heads the firm's eminent domain practice in the Austin office. Luke Ellis is widely recognized as one of Texas’s top young lawyers—and one of the top lawyers of any age practicing in the area of eminent domain. Mr. Ellis has broad experience and has enjoyed success in many types of civil litigation. Justin Hodge is a trial lawyer who represents Texas landowners in condemnation, eminent-domain, and real-estate lawsuits. He represents landowners in condemnation proceedings, not the governmental authorities or private companies taking property. Mr. Hodge has handled complex condemnation and eminent-domain cases throughout the State of Texas. If you have questions about any of the issues raised in this blog, we invite you to discuss them with us at or

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