Guthrie, Kentucky

Proposed Transmission Project

Update - April 2016

TVA has identified the preferred route of right of way for a future power line to Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation’s (RECC’s) planned substation.  These improvements would address voltage and reliability issues and increased capacity for growth to alleviate the need for another facility in the Guthrie, Kentucky area. 

TVA evaluated each route using social, engineering, and environmental factors.  Information sources included available data, aerial photography, limited onsite reviews, public review and comment, and property owner input.  Based on public input and evaluation, the preferred route is expected to have the least overall project impacts of the alternatives.

TVA would make provisions for the future line by purchasing approximately 4 miles of 100-foot-wide right of way extending from the planned substation property to TVA’s Clarksville-Montgomery No. 2 Tap to Union Carbide Transmission Line.

The National Environmental Policy Act review is pending.  Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin in summer 2016, and easement purchases are scheduled to begin in winter 2016/2017.

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would provide power for voltage and reliability issues and increased capacity for growth to alleviate the need for another facility in the Guthrie, Kentucky, area. 

TVA is proposing to make provisions for a power line to Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation’s (RECC’s) planned substation by purchasing about five miles of new right-of-way. The right-of-way would begin at the substation located on the south side of U.S. Highway 79, northwest of Guthrie, and extend to TVA’s Clarksville-Montgomery No. 2 Tap to Union Carbide Transmission Line.  The new right-of-way would be 100 feet wide.  

One tap point and 21 alternate right-of-way route segments are under consideration.  The future power line would be built on single-circuit, steel pole structures.

TVA will hold an open house on Thursday, November 5, 2015, to provide information, answer questions, and receive comments about the proposed transmission project.  The new right-of-way easement purchase would be completed by the end of 2017.

Map

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

Preferred route TVA is considering (PDF, 2.8 mb)
Possible routes of proposed right-of-way (PDF, 2.1 mb)


If you have questions or need help understanding the map, please contact TVA.(use contact information at upper right of the web page.)

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. Unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)
Open house: Nov 5, 2015
Comments accepted: Dec 7, 2015
Determine preferred route for field surveys: spring 2016
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin late spring/early summer 2016
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin spring 2017

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