Brooksville, Mississippi (Deerbrook Project)

Update – February 2015

TVA has identified a preferred route for a new transmission line that would increase power reliability and allow for growth in Brooksville and surrounding areas served by 4-County Electric Power Association.

TVA evaluated each route using social, engineering, and environmental factors. Information sources included available data, aerial photography, limited onsite reviews, public review and comment, and property owner input. Based on public input and evaluation, the preferred route is expected to have the least overall project impacts of the alternatives.

4-County EPA’s new substation would be located off Highway 388 about seven miles east of Brooksville, Mississippi. TVA would build a 6.7-mile-long line from their Weyerhaeuser-South Macon 161-kV Transmission Line to serve the new substation. The route selected includes tap point No. 1 and a combination of route option Nos. 1, 5, 7, 9, 10, and 13.

The line would consist of steel pole structures on 100-foot-wide right of way. The National Environmental Policy Act review is expected to be conducted in summer 2016. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2016, and the project is scheduled to be complete in spring 2017.

Background

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would provide power for growing load in the Brooksville and surrounding area and increase power reliability for the area.

TVA is proposing to build about 6.5 miles of transmission line, beginning at TVA’s Weyerhaeuser-South Macon 161-kV Transmission Line and connect to 4-County EPA’s new Deerbrook Substation, located off Hwy 388 about 7 miles east of Brooksville.

There are 13 alternate line segments under consideration. The line would be built on steel pole structures centered on new 100-foot-wide right of way.

TVA will hold an open house on Nov. 13, 2014 to provide information, answer questions and receive comments about the proposed transmission project.

The project is expected to be in service winter 2017. Construction is scheduled to begin fall 2016. (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 open an open house to discuss the proposed transmission project. Details are as follows:

Thursday, November 13, 2014
3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Countryside Christian School
2783 Highway 388
Brooksville, Mississippi

TVA representatives will be available at the open house to provide information, answer questions and receive comments. Large maps showing the alternative locations for the transmission upgrades 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 meeting toll-free at (800) 362-4355.

If you cannot attend the meeting but have questions or comments, contact Spencer Whittier (see contact information). All written comments on this proposed action should be sent to TVA no later than December 15, 2014.

Map

The map shows the route 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, 3.7 mb)

Preferred route of proposed transmission line (PDF, 3.6 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. Floodplain and wetlands along with alternative routes are shown in 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 Nov. 13, 2014
Comments accepted Dec. 15, 2014
Determine preferred route for field surveys winter 2014-15
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin summer 2015
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin summer 2016
Construction is scheduled to begin fall 2016
Project in service spring 2017

Contact

More information on this project can be obtained from:

Spencer Whittier

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