KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Construction crews with the Tennessee Valley Authority will be installing high-voltage power lines over Interstate 40 near Exit 402 at Midway Road in east Knox County during the next several Sundays.
Beginning this Sunday, March 22, crews will be working from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. EDT, hanging steel electrical cables on newly constructed towers. The work will continue on Sunday, March 22; Sunday, March 29; Sunday, April 12, and Sunday, April 26.
Motorists should be prepared to encounter rolling roadblocks that will periodically slow traffic to give crews access to the towers. Drivers are urged to use caution and to consider alternate routes. Law enforcement and traffic control staff will be present during work hours.
This work is part of the final construction phase of the Volunteer-East Knox project, which will provide continued reliable power to this growing area by improving voltage levels on several transmission lines in the area. Construction began in 2013 on the 13-mile, double-circuit transmission line and switching station. Completion is scheduled for this May.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
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