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TVA Identifies Preferred Route for Transmission Line

July 11, 2013

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority has identified a preferred route for a new 4.5-mile transmission line that would provide power to Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative’s new South Pittsburg Substation and support industrial expansion in the area.

The selected route is expected to have the least impact on the area, based on public input from an open house in April 2013 and additional evaluation of other factors, including cost, engineering and environmental impacts. A National Environmental Policy Act review is pending.

TVA will meet with property owners along the proposed right of way to obtain easements for construction, operation and maintenance of the line. 

TVA is expected to perform field and environmental surveys beginning in September 2013 and start acquiring easements during August 2014. Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2015 and be completed in November 2015.

The new substation would be located on East 10th Street, on the old National Guard Armory property. TVA would provide power to the new substation via a 4.5-mile line that would extend from its Nickajack-Raccoon Mountain 161-kilovolt transmission line, located south of the Tennessee River near Burns Island Road. The line would extend southwest to the substation, consisting of alternative segments 1, 2, 7, 9, 11 and 12. Due to public input, the route has been modified from what was presented at the open house. A map of the project and additional information is available on the TVA website at

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

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