Blackjack, Mississippi (Starkville)

Update - September 2017

TVA has identified the preferred route for a transmission line that would improve reliability and provide for future growth in the Blackjack Road area south of Starkville.

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.

TVA proposes to build about 2.5 miles of transmission line from their Clayton Village-Midway 161-kV Transmission Line (approximately 2.4 miles south of the Clayton Village 161-kV Switching Station). From there, the line would extend 2.5 miles west to 4-County Electric Power Association’s (EPA’s) new Blackjack Substation on the north side of Blackjack Road. The route selected includes Tap Point No. 2 and Route No. 2 which consists of Segment Nos. 2 and 4 as presented at an open house held in June 2017.

The line would consist of steel pole structures on a 100-foot-wide right of way. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2020, and the project is scheduled to be complete in summer 2020.

Background

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the Blackjack Road area. TVA is proposing to build about two miles of single-circuit transmission line to power a new 4-County Electric Power Association substation south of Starkville. The line would begin at TVA’s Clayton Village-Midway 161-kV Transmission Line and extend two miles west to the new substation to be located on Blackjack Road.

Three tap points and three alternate transmission line routes consisting of four alternate line segments are under consideration. The line would be built on steel pole, single-circuit structures.

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).

Possible routes of proposed transmission line (PDF, 3.7 mb)

Preferred route of proposed transmission line (PDF, 3.5 mb)

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 houseJune 22, 2017
Comments acceptedJuly 24, 2017
Determine preferred route for field surveyslate summer 2017
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to beginlate fall 2017
Easement purchases are scheduled to beginfall 2018
Construction is scheduled to beginspring 2020
Project in servicelate spring 2020

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:

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