Fort Payne, Alabama (Davis Gap)

Proposed Transmission Project

photo of power linesTVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the Fort Payne area.  

TVA is proposing to build about 2.5 miles of single-circuit transmission line to power a new Fort Payne Improvement Authority substation on the south end of Fort Payne. The line would begin at TVA’s existing Fort Payne-Collinsville 161-kV Transmission Line and extend east to the new Davis Gap Substation to be located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Lebanon Road and U.S. Highway 11.  

Two tap points and two alternate line routes are under consideration. The line would be built on steel pole, single-circuit structures.

TVA will hold an open house on Thursday, July 18, 2019, to provide information, answer questions and receive comments about the proposed transmission project.

The project is expected to be in service in winter 2021-2022.  Construction is scheduled to begin in summer-fall 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, July 18, 2019                                            

3:00 - 7:00 p.m. local time

Coal and Iron Building

500 Gault Avenue North

Fort Payne, Alabama 35967                                                                       

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 Chris Austin (see contact information). All written comments on this proposed action should be sent to TVA no later than August 19, 2019.


The map shows the area of the proposed transmission improvements. 

Possible routes of proposed transmission line (PDF)

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

July 18, 2019

Comments accepted

August 19, 2019

Determine preferred route for field surveys

Fall 2019

Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin

Winter 2019-2020

Easement purchases are scheduled to begin

Winter 2020-2021

Construction is scheduled to begin

Summer-fall 2021

Project in service

Winter 2021-2022



More information on this project can be obtained from:

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