Nansemond River Crossing

The Nansemond River Crossing Project involves replacing transmission structures in the Nansemond River that have significant steel and concrete deterioration. The 230kV double-circuit line provides critical electric service to the City of Suffolk and the surrounding Tidewater region.

Existing View of the Area


The State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued its Final Order on June 8, 2016, granting the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) for the Nansemond River Crossing Project. Construction is set to begin in October 2016.


  • Help strengthen the electric grid
  • Replace aging infrastructure
  • Ensures reliable electric service for the community
  • No New Right of Ways Required


Dominion Energy plans to build seven new transmission structures adjacent to the original structures in the existing right of way corridor. Demolition of the existing structures will occur after the new transmission line is energized and will be completed within three months.

Of these, five existing lattice structures in the water will be replaced with five similar galvanized steel lattice structures. Two existing lattice structures - one on either side of the shore - will be replaced with two galvanized steel monopoles.

An additional 0.72 miles from the eastern side of Crittenden Road (SR 628) to the western riverbank and from the eastern side of Bridge Road (US 17) to the eastern riverbank in Suffolk, Virginia, will be also be used for construction activities associated with fiber optic wire replacement and relocation. This work will be completed within the existing right of way corridor and will ensure reliable communications.

Pending regulatory approval and time-of-year restrictions, construction on the new transmission line will begin in October 2016 and will be completed in April 2017.


Photo simulations and diagrams provide representational views of proposed electric transmission facilities. These illustrations do not necessarily depict exact structure design or physical placement. All projects are subject to change and to final engineering.

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