The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on July 8 said that it will hold an open house on July 18 in Fort Payne, Ala., regarding its proposed Fort Payne, Alabama (Davis Gap) transmission project, which, according to the project webpage, involves building about 2.5 miles of single-circuit transmission line to power a new Fort Payne Improvement Authority substation on the south end of Fort Payne.
TVA said that the line would begin at a point on its existing Fort Payne-Collinsville 161-kV transmission line and extend about 2.5 miles east to the new substation. The new line would be built on steel pole structures on new 100-foot-wide right of way (ROW), TVA said, adding that alternative tap points and line routes are under consideration for the route of the new line.
According to the project webpage, the project is expected to be in service in winter 2021-2022, with construction scheduled to begin in summer-fall 2021.
The appropriate National Environmental Policy Act review will be conducted to ensure that the environmental impacts are minimized, the webpage noted, adding that TVA attempts to minimize any land requirements, private property impacts, and environmental impacts associated with the project.
TVA noted in its statement that the public may submit comments on the project by Aug. 19 by phone (toll free) at 800-362-4355, email at email@example.com, or mail to Chris Austin, Tennessee Valley Authority, 1101 Market St., MR 4G, Chattanooga, TN, 37402-2801.