Appalachian Power on May 1 announced its proposed transmission line route for the approximately five-mile, 138-kV Berry Hill Energy Connection Project in Pittsylvania County, Va., saying that the route was determined with input from area property owners at a community open house in January.
The proposed route travels northwest from the industrial park across Oak Hill and Cascade roads before connecting with an existing Appalachian Power transmission line west of Meadowlark Road, the company said.
Appalachian Power said that it and the Pittsylvania-Danville Regional Industrial Facility Authority collaborated on the project to provide a robust power source for the industrial park. Construction of the new line – as well as of a new substation in the Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill – would begin once the Authority secures a tenant at the industrial park, Appalachian Power said.
The company noted that it will seek approval for the proposed route from the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors at a public hearing, and that if the route is approved, right of way representatives plan to communicate with directly involved landowners to discuss preliminary field work, as well as negotiate property easements.
According to a project fact sheet, ROW acquisition would begin July. The fact sheet also noted that construction involves the use of galvanized steel, double-circuit, monopole, approximately 100-feet-tall structures; the ROW width would be about 100 feet.