TVA has identified the preferred route for a transmission line that would increase power reliability and allow for growth in the area served by Central Electric Power Association (CEPA).
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.
In Longino, TVA would build a 2.1-mile line from their Noxpater-North Philadelphia 161-kV Transmission Line to serve CEPA’s expanded Longino Substation. The substation is near the intersection of County Road 608 and Highway 15 behind the Pentecostal Apostolic Church in the Longino community. The route selected includes tap point No. 3 and route No. 5 which consists of alternative segment Nos. 8 and 9.
The line would consist of steel pole structures on 100-foot-wide right of way. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2019, and the project is scheduled to be complete in fall 2020.
In Sandtown, TVA would build a 4.1-mile line beginning at CEPA’s new Sandtown Substation and heading northwest to connect to TVA’s Midway-Philadelphia Transmission Line east of County Road 771.
The line would consist of steel pole structures on 100-foot-wide right of way. Construction is scheduled to begin in winter 2021, and the project is scheduled to be complete in spring 2021.
TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would increase power reliability and allow for growth in the Longino and Sandtown areas of Philadelphia, Mississippi.
TVA plans to build a total of 7 to 8 miles of single-circuit transmission lines to provide power to new and expanded Central Electric Power Association (CEPA) substations.
In Longino, the proposed 2- to 3-mile power line would begin at TVA’s Noxapater SW-North Philadelphia 161-kV Transmission Line and run east to CEPA’s expanded Longino Substation near the intersection of Country Road 608 and Highway 15.
In Sandtown, the proposed 4- to 5-mile power line would begin at TVA’s Midway-Philadelphia Transmission Line and run northwest to CEPA’s new Sandtown Substation near Country Road 753.
For Longino, there are 3 tap points and 14 alternative transmission line segments under consideration.
For Sandtown, there are 3 tap points and 13 alternative transmission line segments under consideration.
Both lines would be built using steel poles centered on new 100-foot-wide right of way.
The scheduled completion date for the Longino project is fall 2019 and for the Sandtown project is spring 2020. Construction is scheduled to begin for Longino in spring 2019 and for Sandtown in summer 2019. (Dates are subject to change. During projects of this magnitude, unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)
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).
Dates are subject to change. During projects of this magnitude, unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.
|Open house||March 23, 2017|
|Comments accepted||April 24, 2017|
|Determine preferred route for field surveys||spring 2017|
|Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin||fall 2017|
|Easement purchases are scheduled to begin|
Longino summer 2018
|Construction is scheduled to begin||Longino spring 2019 |
Sandtown summer 2019
|Project in service||Longino fall 2019 |
Sandtown fall 2020
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.
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