East Chickamauga, Georgia

Proposed Transmission Project

Update November 2016

North Georgia EMC has relocated their East Chickamauga 161-kV Substation. The new location will be adjacent to TVA's existing Oglethorpe-Rock Spring 161-kV Transmission Line near the intersection of Highway 27 and Farming Rock Road. As a result of this new location, TVA's recently proposed power line alternatives and schedule provided below are void.

Background

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the East Chickamauga area.

TVA is proposing to build about two miles of single-circuit transmission line to power a proposed North Georgia EMC substation to be built east of Chickamauga. The line would begin at TVA’s Oglethorpe-Rock Spring 161-kV Transmission Line and extend east to the substation to be located on the south side of Red Belt Road just east of the intersection of Red Belt Road and Smith Liner Road.

Two tap points and seven alternate line segments are under consideration. The line would be built on steel pole, single-circuit structures.

TVA will hold an open house on Thursday, January 21, 2016, to provide information, answer questions and receive comments about the proposed transmission project.

The project is expected to be in service fall 2017.  Construction is scheduled to begin summer 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'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 21, 2016                
3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
City of Chickamauga Civic Center
Council Meeting Room
(behind Chickamauga Library)
1817 Lee Clarkson Road
Chickamauga, Georgia 30707

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 Kelly Evans (see contact information). All written comments on this proposed action should be sent to TVA no later than February 22, 2016.

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, 3.3 mb)
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. 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

(Dates are subject to change. During projects of this magnitude, unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)
Open house    Jan 21, 2016
Comments accepted    Feb 22, 2016
Determine preferred route for field surveys    spring 2016
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin    summer 2016
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin    winter 2017
Construction is scheduled to begin    summer 2017
Project in service    fall 2017

Comment form

Fill out my online form.

Contact

More information on this project can be obtained from:

Kelly Evans

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