Calhoun, Georgia

Following the receipt of public input, TVA has evaluated a network of 41 alternative line segments for a new transmission line that would improve power reliability by providing a back-up path to six North Georgia EMC substations.

Based on this input and other evaluations, including social, environmental, and engineering impacts, TVA has identified alternative route segments 1, 7, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 22, 23, 26, 27, 39, 40 and 41 as the preferred route.

The 20.5 mile line would extend from near North Georgia EMC’s existing Swamp Creek Substation, located south of Dalton, to their Fuller Substation, located on the south side of Calhoun.

The route is expected to have the least overall impact of the alternatives.

The same considerations —social, environmental, and engineering — were used to assess each alternative. The reviews were based on available data, aerial photography, digital elevation models, onsite reviews, public review and comment, property owners’ input, and discussions with local community leaders.

The preferred route is 20.5 miles long. About 2.78 miles of the line (segment 1) would use existing vacant transmission line right-of-way.

The transmission line would consist of steel pole structures, designed to also accommodate a future 230-kV transmission line.

Improving the transmission system in this area will help TVA and North Georgia EMC ensure that electric service remains plentiful and reliable for growing industries.

In keeping with TVA’s environmental stewardship, appropriate National Environmental Policy Act review will be conducted. About 132 property tracts would be affected.

Approximately 117 parcels and 87 property owners would be affected by the project.

The project is scheduled to be completed winter 2017.


December 2013

Public involvement during the Sept. 17 and 19 open houses and the 30-day comment period has resulted in revisions to the alternative route segments. Several segments in the Carbondale area have been deleted because of conflicts with new developments planned or occurring in the area. Three alternative route segments – 39, 40 and 41 – have been added to change the approach to the Center Point Substation and expand the possibilities for a connection to Swamp Creek Substation.

Several alternative segments have been deleted at the southern end after on-site inspection to determine a preferred route for crossing existing transmission lines. Minor route segment changes have been made to better accommodate planned land uses or mitigate potential route concerns.

The interactive and PDF maps below have been modified to reflect the changes. A decision on the preferred route is expected this winter.

August 2013

TVA is considering improvements to the transmission system in the south Whitfield and north Gordon counties in the Georgia area.

TVA’s Center Point – Moss Lake 230-115,000 volt line extends from south of Dalton to the east of Resaca and Calhoun and powers six North Georgia EMC substations.

This project would improve reliability with a second source of power to the area via a new 115,000 volt line extending from North Georgia EMC’s existing Swamp Creek Substation, located south of Dalton on the west side, to their Fuller Substation, located on the southwest side of Calhoun.

TVA held two open houses on Sept. 17 and 19, 2013, to provide information, answer questions and accept comments about the proposed transmission line.

The proposed project consists of about 20 miles of new transmission line.

TVA is considering several alternative routes. The line would be built on steel pole structures centered on a 150-foot right-of-way.

The project is expected to be in service winter 2017. Construction would begin winter 2016.


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 two open houses in September 2013 in Calhoun and Dalton, Georgia, 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.


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


Preferred route TVA is considering (PDF, 14.5 mb)

The map shows the network of alternative routes, as well as the preferred route for the proposed transmission line.

Possible routes of proposed transmission line (PDF, 11 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. See the documents.

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

Open houses Sept. 17 and 19, 2013
Comments accepted through Oct. 21, 2013
Determine preferred route for field surveys winter 2013-2014
Begin contacting property owners for permission to survey winter 2014
Begin surveys summer 2014
Begin construction winter 2016
Project in service winter 2017


More information on this project can be obtained from:

Kim Choate
(800) 362-4355
1101 Market Street, MR 4G
Chattanooga, TN 37402