Artesia, Mississippi

TVA is proposing to build 11 to 13 miles of 161-kV transmission line and a switching station.

The new line would provide power to a switching station TVA proposes to build at the Megasite near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport south of U.S. Highway 82 between Starkville and Columbus.

There are about 24 alternative transmission line routes consisting of 24 alternative line segments under consideration.  The line would be built on steel pole structures.

Existing transmission line resources would be utilized where possible.  The alternative routes would also involve tearing down and rebuilding portions of the West Columbus Switching Station-Severcorr Switching Station Transmission Line.  These portions range from 3 to 4.5 miles long and would be rebuilt as double-circuit on existing right of way.  In some instances, the rebuild would require expanding the right of way from 75 to 100 feet wide.  

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TVA will hold an open house on January 18, 2018, to provide information, answer questions and receive comments about the proposed transmission project.

The project is expected to be in service in fall 2021.  Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2021.  (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 various stages. TVA is committed to working with area stakeholders to address concerns during various stages of the project. Comments received during the comment period will be used in reaching a decision on the proposed action.

TVA will hold an open house to discuss the proposed transmission project. Details are as follows:

Thursday, January 18, 2018
3:00 - 7:00 p.m. local time
Lowndes County School District Central Office
1053 Highway 45 South
Columbus, MS 39701

TVA representatives will be available at the open house to provide information, answer questions and receive comments. Large maps showing the alternative locations for consideration will be available.

TVA is interested in receiving comments concerning how this project may affect the environment, historic properties or any other issues associated with this proposal.  Any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and will be available for public inspection.

If you have special needs, please contact Tanya Adams at least five days prior to the open house toll-free at (800) 362-4355.

If you cannot attend the open house but have questions or comments, contact Kelly Evans (see information at bottom of page). All written comments on this proposed action should be sent to TVA no later than February 20, 2018.

Map

The map shows the network of alternative routes TVA is considering for the proposed transmission line. The map is also available below as a PDF file.

Possible routes of proposed transmission line (PDF, 7.9 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.

Efforts are made during the siting process to avoid or minimize impacts to floodplains and wetlands in accordance with Executive Orders 11988 and 11990.  Floodplains and wetlands along with alternative routes are shown on the referenced map.  The map illustrates how each alternative route avoids or impacts floodplains and wetlands.  Because of project and topographic constraints and because of minimizing impacts to other social, environmental, and engineering resources, no practicable alternative may be available that would allow complete avoidance of impacts to floodplains and wetlands which may require mitigation for minimizing impacts.  Also, best management practices would be utilized throughout the project to minimize adverse floodplain and wetland impacts.  In compliance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, TVA will be coordinating wetland findings with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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 Jan 18, 2018
Comments accepted

Feb 20, 2018

Determine preferred route for field surveys

late spring 2018

Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin

late summer 2018

Easement purchases are scheduled to begin

summer 2020
Construction is scheduled to begin summer 2021
Project in service fall 2021
 
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Contact

More information on this project can be obtained from:

Kelly Evans

newtransline@tva.gov
(800) 362-4355
1101 Market Street, MR 4G
Chattanooga, TN 37402