Another public meeting is scheduled in the Madison area to get comments about the proposed Cardinal-Hickory Creek high-voltage transmission line.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service will host a meeting from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m Dec. 7 at Deer Valley Lodge, 401 W. Industrial Drive, Barneveld.

The 90- or 135-mile, 345-kilovolt electric transmission line would run from the Madison area to the Dubuque, Iowa, area and would cost $500 million.

American Transmission Co., of Pewaukee; ITC Midwest, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Dairyland Power Cooperative, of La Crosse, are the developers. Dairyland Power plans to seek financial assistance from the Rural Utilities Service for its portion of the project.

Two prospective routes have been identified. One follows Highway 18-151; the other cuts a new corridor, straight west, between Highway 18-151 and Highway 14.

Several open meetings were held in the Madison area earlier this month, drawing more than 200 people.

The federal agency will take public comments through Jan. 6, 2017.

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