Blue Ridge, Georgia (Scenic Drive)

Proposed Transmission Project

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the Blue Ridge area in Fannin County.    

Tri-State Electric Membership Corporation serves the Blue Ridge area from the Blue Ridge and Epworth 69-kilovolt Stations.  TVA serves these stations from its 69-kilovolt transmission system.  The Blue Ridge 69-kilovolt Station has exceeded its capacity, and the Epworth 69-kilovolt Station is approaching its capacity.  Construction of a new educational facility is expected to add to this overload problem at the Blue Ridge 69-kilovolt Station.  Additional capacity is needed in the area to resolve these issues.

Tri-State EMC plans to build the Scenic Drive 161-kilovolt Station to resolve capacity issues and improve reliability.

TVA proposes to build from 4 to 5 miles of 161-kilovolt power line to serve the new station.

The proposed power line would begin at TVA’s Basin-Toccoa River 161-kilovolt Transmission Line and extend southwest to Tri-State EMC’s new station to be located near 2700 Scenic Drive.

There are three possible tap points and eleven alternative line segments under consideration for the route of the new transmission line. 

The line would be built using a combination of single-pole and H-frame, steel structures centered on new 100-foot-wide right of way.

*photo of power linesphoto of power lines

TVA will hold an open house on Thursday, January 30, 2020, to provide information, answer questions and receive comments about the proposed transmission project.

The project is expected to be in service in spring 2022.  Construction is scheduled to begin in winter 2021-2022.  (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's process for siting new transmission projects is designed to allow public input at various stages. TVA is committed to working with area stakeholders to address concerns during various stages of the project. Comments received during the comment period will be used in reaching a decision on the proposed action.

TVA will hold an open house to discuss the proposed transmission project. Details are as follows:

Thursday, January 30, 2020
3:00 - 7:00 p.m., EST
Fannin County Senior Life Services Center
440 W. 1st Street
Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513

TVA representatives will be available at the open house to provide information, answer questions and receive comments. Large maps showing the alternative locations for consideration will be available.

TVA is interested in receiving comments concerning how this project may affect the environment, historic properties or any other issues associated with this proposal. Any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and will be available for public inspection.

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

If you cannot attend the open house but have questions or comments, contact Rob Nidiffer (see contact information). All written comments on this proposed action should be sent to TVA no later than March 2, 2020.

Map

The map shows the network of alternative routes TVA is considering for the proposed transmission line. The map is also available below as a PDF file.

Possible routes of proposed transmission line(PDF)

If you have questions or need help understanding the map, please contact TVA. (use contact information below.)

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 along with alternative routes are shown on 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

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

Open house

January 30, 2020

Comments accepted

March 2, 2020

Determine preferred route for field surveys

Spring 2020

Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin

Fall 2020

Easement purchases are scheduled to begin

Summer-fall 2021

Construction is scheduled to begin

Winter 2021-2022

Project in service

Spring 2022

 

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Contact

More information on this project can be obtained from:

Rob Nidiffer

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