Georgetown, Tennessee (Gunstocker Creek)

Update - March 2020

Project schedule updates are provided below:

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would supply power to a new TVA secure office complex and provide for future power system connections to ensure reliability and additional capacity for growth in the area.

TVA plans to build about 5.25 miles of double-circuit transmission line to provide power to TVA’s proposed Gunstocker Creek 161-kV Station.

The proposed power line would begin at TVA’s Sequoyah Nuclear Plant-Hiwassee No. 1 161-kV Transmission Line at a point just northwest of the Hopewell, Tennessee 161-kV Metering Station near the intersection of Rabbit Valley Road Northwest and State Highway 60 (Georgetown Pike) northwest of Cleveland, Tennessee. One tap point is under consideration.

The new line would extend northwest for about 5.25 miles (through portions of Bradley, Hamilton, and Meigs Counties) to the proposed Gunstocker Creek 161-kV Station northeast of the intersection of State Highways 58 and 60 in Meigs County.

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

About 4.25 miles of the new line would be on the existing 100-foot-wide right of way of TVA’s East Cleveland Primary-Georgetown 69-kV Transmission Line. This line would be torn down and rebuilt as a double-circuit from Structure 76 to the old Georgetown Substation. The remaining one mile would be on a new 100- to 150-foot-wide right of way.

The project is expected to be in service in winter 2020-2021. Construction is scheduled to begin in winter 2019-2020. (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 to discuss the proposed transmission project on August 30, 2018.

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, 4.8mb)

Project Schedule

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

Information DayAugust 30, 2018
Surveys of the right of wayFall 2018
Easement purchasesSpring 2019
Right of way clearingSummer 2020
Construction beginsWinter 2020-2021

Construction complete

Spring 2021

Project in serviceSummer 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:

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