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TVA Identifies Preferred Route for Transmission Line Near Cornersville

March 26, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority has identified a preferred route for a new transmission line in Marshall County, Tenn.

The four-mile transmission line would improve electric reliability in the area by providing power to a new Duck River Electric Membership Corporation substation.

The selected route is expected to have the least impact on the area, based on public input from an open house in Nov. 2012 and evaluation of other factors, including cost, engineering and environmental impacts. A National Environmental Policy Act review is pending.

TVA will meet with property owners along the proposed right of way to obtain easements for construction, operation and maintenance of the line.

TVA is expected to perform field and environmental surveys this year and start acquiring easements during winter 2013- 2014. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2014 and be completed during December 2014.

The new substation, which is replacing aging equipment, would be located on Ostella Road across from the existing substation. TVA would provide power to the new substation via a four-mile line from the Belfast-Elk Ridge 161-kilovolt line. The line would be located east of Highway 31, consisting of alternative segments 2, 3, 6 and 8. A map of the project and additional information is available on the TVA website at

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

Media Contact

Scott Brooks, Nashville, 615-232-6141
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000


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