DAYTON, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority has identified a preferred route for a new transmission line that would provide for growing electrical load and increase power reliability in the Dayton area.
TVA is proposing to build 12 miles of double-circuit transmission line using steel pole structures from the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant-Watts Bar Hydro Plant 161-kilovolt transmission line to the North Dayton 161-kilovolt station on Back Valley Road. TVA would also expand the North Dayton station.
The new transmission line would be built on existing and new 100-foot-wide right of way. The existing right of way would be expanded from 75 to 100 feet wide with the exception of the location of the Tennessee River crossing which would be expanded to 187.5 feet wide. This preferred route is alternative route 3 consisting of segments 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7 as presented at the open house held in September 2018.
The preferred route is expected to have the least impact on the area, based on public input from the open house and additional evaluation of other factors, including social, environmental and engineering impacts. A National Environmental Policy Act review is also pending.
TVA will meet with property owners along the proposed right of way to obtain easements for construction, operation and maintenance of the line. Property owners would still own the property and be compensated for the new easements at fair market value.
TVA is expected to begin surveys in summer 2019 and start acquiring easements between fall 2020 and winter 2021. Construction is scheduled to begin in winter 2021-2022 and be completed in fall 2022.
A map of the project and additional information are available on the TVA website at www.tva.com/transmissionprojects.
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