What’s the Construction North of Tollway at Bliss Road?

ComEd Overhead Transmission Training Facility

ComEd is developing an employee training center on a 116-acre parcel of land located on the east side of Bliss Road, north of I-88 and south of Healy Road (the “Property”).

The Property is bisected by a 180-foot wide transmission corridor running east and west across the land just south of the midpoint between I-88 and Healy Road.  ComEd’s worker training facility will be constructed in two phases south of the transmission corridor, as described below.  There are no immediate plans for development north of the transmission corridor.

Since the Property is located outside the Village limits, Kane County controls the use and development of the Property.

Phases 1 – overhead transmission training facility

Beginning in 2016 and continuing into 2017, ComEd will be constructing a mostly outdoor facility for the training of transmission workers.  This facility will consist of the following features:

  • paved, secured access road to Healy Road (the existing farm entrance on Bliss Road will be abandoned)
  • gravel parking lot for worker trainees and instructors
  • small modular building housing a training administrative office
  • larger modular building housing a classroom accommodating up to 25 workers
  • pre-engineered building housing vehicles and materials to be used as part of the training curriculum
  • transmission poles, wires and other equipment which are not connected to the electrical grid because they will be used for training
  • additional areas for outdoor instruction and roadways through this outdoor instruction area, and
  • storm water management areas.

 

Phase 2 – full worker training facility

Within 3 or 4 years, ComEd hopes to develop a full-scale training center at the Property, similar to existing full-scale training centers in Rockford and Chicago, in an area south of the transmission corridor and just east of Bliss Road (west of the outdoor area to be used for overhead transmission training). This facility would likely replace the modular buildings described in Phase 1 above, but not the pre-engineered building or gravel parking lot.