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Woodland Mills, Tennessee

Power Supply Upgrade

Update – February 2014

Following the receipt of public input, TVA has identified a preferred location for a transmission line that would improve power reliability and provide power for industrial expansion.

powerlinesGibson Electric Membership Corporation plans to build the Woodland Mills 161-kV substation. TVA would provide power to the new substation via a 4-mile line from its North Union City Substation area.

Based on this input and other evaluations, including cost, engineering and environmental impacts, TVA has identified alternative route segments 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 11 as the preferred route. See the preferred route map below.

The new substation would be located on the east side of State Highway 5, approximately 1.25 miles southeast of the town of Woodland Mills.

TVA would provide power to the new substation via a 4-mile line from the North Union City 161kV Substation, located on the north side of Perry Browder Road and the south side of I-69 (currently under construction) near the Wingfoot Golf Course.

About 1.5 miles of the line (segment 8) would share existing right of way with the North Union City-Hickman 69-kilovolt Transmission Line. This portion of the line would be built as a double circuit line, consisting of two steel poles per structure.

Some new right of way would also be needed at the North Union City 161kV Substation. The remaining portion of the proposed line would consist of steel pole structures on 100 foot right of way.

The same considerations — environmental, land-use, engineering, and cultural — were used to assess each alternative. The reviews were based on available data, aerial photography, onsite reviews, public review and comment, and property owners’ input.

The route is expected to have the least overall impact of the alternatives. In keeping with TVA’s environmental stewardship, appropriate National Environmental Policy Act review will be conducted.

Approximately 17 parcels and 14 property owners would be affected by the project.

The project is scheduled to be completed in fall 2015.

Background – November 2013

TVA is considering improvements to the transmission system in Woodland Mills, Tennessee.

Gibson Electric Membership Corporation plans to build a new substation, which would improve power reliability and provide for industrial expansion. TVA would build a transmission line to power to the substation.

TVA held an open house on November 14, 2013 to provide information, answer questions and accept comments about the proposed transmission line.

The proposed project consists of four miles of new transmission line. The line would extend from the North Union City 161kV Substation, located on the north side of Perry Browder Road and the south side of I-69 (currently under construction) near the Wingfoot Golf Course.

TVA is considering 18 alternative line segments.

The line would be built as a double circuit line, consisting of two steel poles per structure.

The project is expected to be in service fall 2015. Construction is scheduled to begin summer 2015. (Dates are subject to change. During projects of this magnitude, unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)

Public involvement

TVA's process for siting new transmission projects is designed to allow public input at all stages. TVA is committed to working with area stakeholders to address concerns during the course of the project. Comments received during the comment period will be used in reaching a decision on the proposed action.

TVA held an open on Nov. 14, 2013 in Woodland Mills, Tennessee, to discuss the proposed transmission line project. TVA representatives were available to provide information and answer questions. Large maps showing the alternative transmission line routes under consideration were also available.

Map

The map shows the preferred route TVA is considering for the proposed transmission line. The map is also available below as a PDF file. The map is also available below as a PDF file.

 

Preferred route TVA is considering (PDF, 1.7 mb)

Possible routes of proposed transmission line (PDF, 1.1 mb)

If you have questions or need help understanding the map, please contact TVA.

Environmental reviews

The appropriate National Environmental Policy Act review will be conducted to ensure that the environmental impacts are minimized. TVA attempts to minimize any land requirements, private property impacts, and environmental impacts associated with this project.

Project schedule

Dates are subject to change. During projects of this magnitude, unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.

Open house Nov. 14, 2013
Comments accepted through Dec. 16, 2013
Determine preferred route for field surveys winter 2013-2014
Begin contacting property owners for permission to survey winter 2014
Begin surveys spring 2014
Begin construction spring 2015
Project in service fall 2015

Contact

More information on this project can be obtained from:

Kelly Evans
Transmission System Siting
1101 Market St. MR 4G
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2801

Toll-free number
800-362-4355

E-mail address
newtransline@tva.gov

           
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