Eagle Creek, (Paris, TN and Murray, KY)

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the Paris, Tennessee and Murray, Kentucky areas.

TVA is proposing to build about 16 miles of transmission line to power a new Paris Board of Public Utilities (Paris BPU) substation in Eagle Creek, Tennessee.  The line would begin at TVA’s Murray, Kentucky 161-kV Substation and end at the new Paris BPU substation adjacent to TVA’s Marshall-Cumberland 500-kV Transmission Line near Tennessee Highway 140.

For 14.5 miles, the new line would parallel the Marshall-Cumberland line and utilize a portion of the existing right of way, requiring just 60 feet of additional width.  The remaining 1.5 miles of the proposed line would require a new 100-foot-wide right of way.

The line would be built on steel pole, single-circuit structures centered on the right of way.

The project is expected to be in service in winter 2021.  Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 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 April 18, 2019, to provide information and answer questions about the proposed transmission project.

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)

Project Schedule

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

Information DayThursday, June 21, 2018
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to beginspring 2019
Easement purchases are scheduled to beginfall 2020
Construction is scheduled to beginsummer 2021
Project in servicewinter 2021

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:

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