Starkville Area, Mississippi (Bluefield Project)

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would improve power reliability and provide power for growing load in the Bluefield, Mississippi area. 

image of towerTVA is proposing to build about 7 miles of single-circuit transmission line to power a new 4-County Electric Power Association substation in Bluefield.  The line would begin at TVA’s Starkville-Sturgis 161-kV Transmission Line and extend to the new Bluefield 161-kV Substation to be located southwest of Starkville, Mississippi. 

Three tap points and four alternate line routes made up of eight line segments are under consideration. The line would be built on steel pole, single-circuit structures, centered on new 100-foot-wide right of way.

TVA will hold an open house on Thursday, June 11, 2015, to provide information, answer questions and receive comments about the proposed transmission project.  

The project is expected to be in service spring 2018.  Construction is scheduled to begin fall 2017.  (Dates are subject to change. 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, June 11, 2015  
3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
TVA Customer Service Center Auditorium
Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park
310 Research Boulevard
Starkville, Mississippi 39759

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 Chris Austin (see contact information). All written comments on this proposed action should be sent to TVA no later than July 13, 2015.

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.

                     

Preferred route of proposed transmission line (PDF, 5.86 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 June 11, 2015
Comments accepted July 13, 2015
Determine preferred route for field surveys late summer 2015
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin spring 2016
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin spring 2017
Construction is scheduled to begin fall 2017
Project in service spring 2018

 

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Contact

More information on this project can be obtained from:

Chris Austin

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