Arab, Alabama (Sweet Home)

Proposed Transmission Project

TVA proposes to build a power line to serve Arab Electric Cooperative’s newly planned Sweet Home Substation to be located on Brashiers Chapel Road in Arab, Alabama.

TVA’s proposed line would connect to the Guntersville-Albertville 161-kV Transmission Line (L5163) at the point where it intersects the Guntersville-Ketona 115-kV Transmission Line -- about two miles southwest of Guntersville Dam.

From there, the new line would head south about six miles and would be built as a double circuit with a rebuilt section of the Guntersville-Ketona 115-kV Transmission Line along the existing 150-foot wide right of way.

The new line would then leave existing right of way just north of Brashiers Chapel Road and extend west about 1.7 miles on a new 100-foot wide right of way ending at the Sweet Home Substation.

The new line on the existing 150-foot-wide right of way would be built using double-circuit, two-pole, steel structures centered on the right of way. The new line on a new 100-foot-wide right of way would be built using single-circuit, steel poles centered on the right of way.

The project is expected to be in service in spring 2022. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2021. (Dates are subject to change. Unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)

Public Involvement

TVA is committed to working with area stakeholders to address concerns during various stages of the project.

TVA held an Information Day on Thursday, September 12, 2019, to provide information and answer questions about the proposed transmission project.

Any names and addresses received at the Information Day became part of the administrative record and will be available for public inspection.

Map

The map shows the area of the proposed transmission improvements. The map is also available below as a PDF file.

If you have questions or need help understanding the map, please contact TVA (see below).

Proposed route of proposed transmission line

Project Schedule

(Dates are subject to change. Unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)

Information DayThursday, September 12, 2019
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to beginWinter 2019/2020
Easement purchases are scheduled to beginFall 2020
Construction is scheduled to beginSpring 2021
Project in serviceSpring 2022

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 are shown on the referenced map. The map illustrates how the 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.

Contact

More information on this project can be obtained from:

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