Philadelphia, Mississippi (Longino and Sandtown)

Proposed Transmission Projects

Update - August 2017

TVA has identified the preferred route for a transmission line that would increase power reliability and allow for growth in the area served by Central Electric Power Association (CEPA).

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.

In Longino, TVA would build a 2.1-mile line from their Noxpater-North Philadelphia 161-kV Transmission Line to serve CEPA’s expanded Longino Substation. The substation is near the intersection of County Road 608 and Highway 15 behind the Pentecostal Apostolic Church in the Longino community. The route selected includes tap point No. 3 and route No. 5 which consists of alternative segment Nos. 8 and 9.

The line would consist of steel pole structures on 100-foot-wide right of way. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2019, and the project is scheduled to be complete in fall 2020.

In Sandtown, TVA would build a 4.1-mile line beginning at CEPA’s new Sandtown Substation and heading northwest to connect to TVA’s Midway-Philadelphia Transmission Line east of County Road 771.

The line would consist of steel pole structures on 100-foot-wide right of way. Construction is scheduled to begin in winter 2021, and the project is scheduled to be complete in spring 2021. 

Proposed Transmission Projects

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would increase power reliability and allow for growth in the Longino and Sandtown areas of Philadelphia, Mississippi.

TVA plans to build a total of 7 to 8 miles of single-circuit transmission lines to provide power to new and expanded Central Electric Power Association (CEPA) substations.

In Longino, the proposed 2- to 3-mile power line would begin at TVA’s Noxapater SW-North Philadelphia 161-kV Transmission Line and run east to CEPA’s expanded Longino Substation near the intersection of Country Road 608 and Highway 15.

In Sandtown, the proposed 4- to 5-mile power line would begin at TVA’s Midway-Philadelphia Transmission Line and run northwest to CEPA’s new Sandtown Substation near Country Road 753.

For Longino, there are 3 tap points and 14 alternative transmission line segments under consideration.

For Sandtown, there are 3 tap points and 13 alternative transmission line segments under consideration.

Both lines would be built using steel poles centered on new 100-foot-wide right of way.

TVA held an open house in March 2017 to provide information, answer questions and receive comments about the proposed transmission projects.

The scheduled completion date for the Longino project is fall 2019 and for the Sandtown project is spring 2020. Construction is scheduled to begin for Longino in spring 2019 and for Sandtown in summer 2019. (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 held an open house in March to discuss the proposed transmission projects and receive comments.

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.

                   

Longino, MS Proposed Transmission Project Map (PDF, 3.4 mb)

Longino, MS Preferred Alternative Transmission Project Map (PDF, 3.4 mb)

Sandtown, MS Proposed Transmission Project Map (PDF, 6.4 mb)

Sandtown, MS Preferred Alternative Transmission Project Map (PDF, 6.4 mb)

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

Environmental

The National Environmental Policy Act review is expected to begin in winter 2017-2018.

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 March 23, 2017
Comments accepted April 24, 2017
Determine preferred route for field surveys spring 2017
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin fall 2017
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin

Longino summer 2018
Sandtown fall 2018

Construction is scheduled to begin Longino spring 2019 
Sandtown summer 2019
Project in service Longino fall 2019 
Sandtown spring 2020

Contact

More information on these projects can be obtained from:

Cherie Minghini (Sandtown)
Todd Moore (Longino)

1101 Market Street, MR 4G
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2801

(800) 362-4355 (toll-free)

newtransline@tva.gov