Ashland, Mississippi

TVA is considering improvements to the transmission system in the Ashland area.

Holly Springs Utility Department plans to build a new substation, which would replace outdated equipment and provide a continued supply of reliable power. TVA would build a transmission line to power the substation.

TVA will hold an open house on March 20, 2014 to provide information and answer questions.

The proposed project consists of 15 miles of new transmission line. The line would extend northeast from TVA’s existing Holly Springs-Miller 161,000 volt line in Holly Springs to the new substation, located north of Ashland at the intersection of Lamar Road and County Church Road.

The line would be built on steel pole structures. The new line would be built beside the existing 46-kilovolt line that currently serves Ashland, on a combination of existing and new right of way. The existing line would be removed once the new line is complete.

The project is expected to be in service fall 2018. Construction is scheduled to begin fall 2017.

(Dates are subject to change. During projects of this magnitude, unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)

Public involvement

TVA will hold an open house to provide information about the proposed project. Details are as follows:

Thursday, March 20, 2014
3:00 - 7:00 p.m. CDT
Eddie L. Smith Multipurpose Building
235 N Memphis Street
Holly Springs, MS 38634

TVA representatives will be available at the open house to provide information and answer question. Large maps showing the transmission line route under consideration will be available.

If you have special needs, please contact Tanya Adams at least five days prior to the meeting toll-free at (800) 362-4355.

If you cannot attend the meeting but have questions, contact Chris Austin (see contact information).

Map

The map shows the route TVA is considering for the proposed transmission line. The map is also available below as a PDF file.

Route of proposed transmission line (PDF, 9.9 mb)

If you have questions or need help understanding the map, please contact TVA.

Environmental reviews

The appropriate National Environmental Policy Act review has been 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. See the document.

Efforts are made during the siting process to avoid or minimize impacts to floodplains and wetlands in accordance with Executive Orders 11988 and 11990. Floodplain and wetlands along with alternative routes are shown in the referenced map. The map illustrates how each alternative 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.

Project schedule

Open house March 20, 2014
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin fall 2014
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin Fall 2016
Construction is scheduled to begin Fall 2017
Project in service fall 2018

 

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Contact

More information on this project can be obtained from:

Chris Austin

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