Tiny Town Road, Tennessee (Clarksville)

Proposed Transmission Project

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would increase power reliability and provide power for growing load in the Clarksville area in Montgomery County and in Christian County in Kentucky.

CDE Lightband (formerly Clarksville Department of Electricity) currently serves its northwestern service area with the Edgoten 161-kilovolt Station in Kentucky and the West Creek 161-kilovolt Station in Tennessee. Over half of CDE Lightband’s northwestern service area is either currently in or planned for development. The City of Clarksville Planning Department anticipates this heavy residential and commercial growth will continue for at least the next 10 years. In addition to the future load growth, CDE Lightband’s existing facilities are approaching full capacity. The Edgoten and West Creek Stations have both experienced loading above their guaranteed capacities. Development south of the West Creek Station further limits its ability to serve the growing load.

In order to increase power reliability and support growing load in their northwestern service area, CDE Lightband proposes to build a 161-kilovolt station at 961 Tiny Town Road in Clarksville. TVA proposes to build 1.5 miles of double-circuit 161-kilovolt transmission line to serve the new station. The new line would begin at TVA’s Montgomery-Edgoten 161-kilovolt Transmission Line and extend southeast to the new Tiny Town Road Station. The new transmission line would be built on existing, vacant TVA 100-foot-wide right of way.

The existing 69-kilovolt transmission line located adjacent to the vacant right of way will remain in service until construction of the 161-kilovolt line is underway to ensure continuous reliable power for CDE Lightband’s northwestern service area.

The new double-circuit line will be split into two separate single-circuit lines beginning just northwest of the CDE Lightband station site to a point on the south side of Tiny Town Road. One circuit will continue along the vacant right of way through the station, and the second circuit will be on the centerline of the existing 69-kilovolt transmission line right of way. This arrangement is necessary to facilitate the connection to CDE Lightband’s new station and accommodate the switches to operate the new line. The switches will be located on CDE Lightband’s station property. The two circuits will converge on the south side of Tiny Town Road on the vacant right of way.

A single route is under consideration for the new line. The line would consist of primarily steel, double-pole structures on existing 100-foot-wide right of way. The scheduled completion date for this project is summer 2023.

TVA will hold a virtual information session from September 16 through October 18, 2021, online at tvavirtual.com/tinytown where detailed maps of the project will be displayed. Property owners and members of the public will be able to submit questions online, by telephone, and in writing.

The project is expected to be in service in summer 2023. Construction is scheduled to begin in winter-spring 2023. (Dates are subject to change -- unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)

Public Involvement

TVA will hold a virtual information session to provide information about the proposed transmission project. The virtual information session may be accessed at tvavirtual.com/tinytown from September 16 through October 18, 2021.

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

Property owners and members of the public will be able to submit questions online, by telephone, and in writing. Large maps showing the proposed transmission project will be displayed.

Any names and addresses received at the virtual information session will become part of the administrative record.

If you are not able to access the virtual information session but have questions, you may contact Todd Liskey (see contact information below).

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 route of proposed transmission line

Project Schedule

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

Virtual Information SessionSeptember 16 – October 18, 2021
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to beginSpring 2022
Easement purchases are scheduled to beginN/A
Construction is scheduled to beginWinter-Spring 2023
Project in serviceSummer 2023

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:

Todd Liskey
[email protected]
800-362-4355
1101 Market Street, MR 4G
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2801