TVA Identifies Preferred Route for Transmission Line
TVA has identified a preferred route for a new transmission line that will provide a reliable source of power to the Monroe area.
The preferred route begins at TVA’s Livingston-Huntsville 161-kilovolt line and extends east, northeast to a proposed new substation in the Monroe area of Overton, County. The 5.5-mile route is expected to have the fewest overall impacts of the alternatives studied. About two miles of the route will parallel TVA’s existing Livings-ton-Byrdstown 69-kV line.
This length of route has been reduced by two miles from the alternative routes presented at an open house in February.
The route would affect 21 tracts of property. TVA will work with property owners to obtain 100-foot easements for construction, operation and maintenance of the line. Property owners will be compensated for the easements at fair market value and retain possession of the property.
TVA is expected to begin acquiring easements for the transmission line right-of-way during the spring of 2009. Construction is scheduled to begin during the summer of 2009.
TVA’s decision follows receipt and evaluation of public input on alternative route segments. TVA’s objective in determining a route is to select the best overall path, weighing the same environmental, land use, engineering, and cultural considerations to ensure that overall project impacts, as well as impacts to the community at large, are minimized.
A map of the project and additional information are available at www.tva.gov/power/projects /index.htm.
TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and is completely self-financed. TVA provides power to large industries and 159 power distributors that serve approximately 8.8 million consumers in seven southeastern states. TVA also manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including flood damage reduction, navigation, water quality and recreation.