Oxford-Coffeeville, Mississippi

Proposed Transmission Project

Update - June 2016

TVA has identified the preferred route of right of way for a future power line that would resolve voltage and thermal loading issues in the Oxford area as well as support new load growth in the Grenada and Resolute areas.

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 is proposing to make provisions for a future power line by purchasing new right of way and utilizing existing right of way spanning from Oxford to Coffeeville. For the first 11-mile portion from Oxford to Water Valley, TVA would utilize an existing 75-foot-wide right of way. For the second portion, TVA would purchase approximately 6 miles of new 100-foot-wide right of way around the City of Water Valley. For the third portion beginning south of Water Valley near Country Road 98, TVA would purchase approximately 10 miles of new 100-foot-wide right of way to the Coffeeville 161-kV Switching Station.

The route selected is No. 19 and is composed of alternative segment Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, 14, 18, and 20 presented at the open house in March 2016.

TVA is expected to begin surveys in fall 2016 and start acquiring easements in fall 2018. 

The National Environmental Policy Act review is expected to be completed in late winter 2016-2017.

Background

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would resolve voltage and thermal loading issues in the Oxford area as well as TVA supporting new load growth in the Grenada and Resolute areas of Mississippi.

TVA is proposing to make provisions for a new transmission line by purchasing new right of way and utilizing existing right of way spanning from Oxford to Coffeeville. For the first 11-mile portion from Oxford to Water Valley, TVA would utilize an existing 75-foot-wide right of way. For the second portion, TVA would purchase approximately 6 miles of new 100-foot-wide right of way around the City of Water Valley. For the third portion beginning south of Water Valley near County Road 98, TVA would purchase approximately 10 miles of new 100-foot-wide right of way to the Coffeeville 161-kV Switching Station.

There are 21 alternate right of way segments under consideration. The future line would be built on steel pole, single-circuit structures.

TVA will hold an open house on Thursday, March 3, 2016, to provide information, answer questions and receive comments about the proposed transmission project. The decision on the preferred right of way route would be spring 2016. The new right of way easement purchase would be completed by spring 2017.

Map

The map shows the network of alternative right of way segments TVA is considering. The map is also available below as a PDF file.

 

Preferred route (PDF, 3 mb)

Possible routes of proposed right of way (PDF, 108 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. During projects of this magnitude, unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)
Open house    Mar 3, 2016
Comments accepted    Apr 4, 2016
Determine preferred route for field surveys    Spring 2016
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin    Fall 2016
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin    Spring 2017

Contact

More information on this project can be obtained from:

Todd Moore

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