TVA Identifies Preferred Route for Future Transmission Line

July 05, 2016

WATER VALLEY, Miss. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority has identified a preferred right of way route for a future power line that would meet growing demand in the Grenada and Resolute areas and improve power quality in the Oxford area.

TVA plans to purchase new and use existing right of way to construct a power line from Oxford to Coffeeville.  The first 11-mile portion from Oxford to Water Valley would use existing right of way.  TVA would purchase easements for approximately 6 miles of new right of way around the City of Water Valley.  TVA also would purchase approximately 10 miles of new right of way easements beginning south of Water Valley near County Road 98 to the Coffeeville 161-kV Switching Station.

The selected route is expected to have the least impact on the area, based on public input from the public open house held in March 2016, 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 a future line. Property owners would still own the property and be compensated for the easements at fair market value.

TVA is expected to begin surveys in fall 2016 and start acquiring easements in fall 2018.

A map of the project and additional information are available on the TVA website at


Chris Stanley
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000
(901) 577-2616