West Point-Montpelier, Mississippi (Montpelier Project)

Update - June 2015

TVA has identified the preferred route for a transmission line that would provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the Montpelier 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 build a 16-mile line from their West Point-Starkville 161-kV Transmission Line proceeding northwest to a new 4-County Electric Power Association (EPA) substation near the intersection of Pheba Beasley Road and McNully Bottom Road. The route selected includes tap point No. 2 and route segment Nos. 1, 8, 10, 12, and 13.

The line would consist of steel pole structures on 100-foot-wide right of way. The National Environmental Policy Act review is expected to be completed in spring 2017. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2017, and the project is scheduled to be complete in June 2018.

Background

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

TVA is proposing to build about 15 miles of single-circuit transmission line to power a new 4-County EPA substation in Montpelier. The line would begin at TVA’s West Point-Starkville 161-kV Transmission Line and extend west to the new Montpelier 161-kV Substation, to be located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Highway 389 and McNully Bottom Road in Montpelier.  

Four tap points and sixteen alternate line segments are under consideration. The line would be built on steel pole, double-circuit structures.

TVA will hold an open house on December 11, 2014, to provide information, answer questions and receive comments about the proposed transmission project.

The project is expected to be in service summer 2018.  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, December 11, 2014 
3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
West Point/Clay County Civic Center
230 6th Street
West Point, MS 39773

TVA representatives will be available at the open house to provide information, answer questions and receive comments. Large maps showing the alternative locations for the transmission upgrades 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 below). All written comments on this proposed action should be sent to TVA no later than January 12, 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 (PDF, 4.8 mb)

Possible routes of proposed transmission line (PDF, 8.8 mb)

If you have questions or need help understanding the map, please see contact information below.

Environmental reviews

A National Environmental Policy Act review has been 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. See the environmental document.

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 Dec. 11, 2014
Comments accepted Jan. 12, 2015
Determine preferred route for field surveys spring 2015
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin fall 2015
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin summer 2016
Construction is scheduled to begin summer 2017
Project in service summer 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