Timeline

  • June 2019 - Project announcement postcard sent to neighbors
  • Q4 2019 - Completed soil borings
  • Q3 and Q4 2020 - Begin access, road building, and forestry activity
  • Oct. 2020 - May 2021 - Phase 1 construction from Staunton to Verona
  • April 2021 - Oct. 2021 - Phase 2 construction from Verona to Weyers Cave
  • Oct. 2021 - March 2021 - Phase 3 construction from Weyers Cave to North River
  • Jan. 2022 - May 2022 - Phase 4 construction from North River to Peach Grove
  • April 2022 - July 2022 - Phase 5 construction from Peach Grove to Harrisonburg
  • End of 2022 - Complete final rehab

Staunton-Harrisonburg

After more than six decades of operation, the wooden H-frame structures and associated components along the nearly 23-mile line running between our Staunton and Harrisonburg substations need to be replaced. This line runs through Staunton City, Augusta County and Rockingham County and serves more than 7,500 customers, almost half of which are customers powered by two Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative substations served by this line.

Staunton Harrisonburg map

Updates

  • Project Informational Meeting - TBA

Project Goals

Our suggested approach is to rebuild this line in a manner that:

  • Upgrades it to current 115 kilovolt (kV) electrical safety and clearance standards
  • Requires no new permanent right of way
  • Utilizes similar structure design as the existing corridor conditions

Overview

The Staunton-Harrisonburg 115 kV line was originally built in 1958 using wooden H-frame structures. Although the line and its components have been well-maintained, they are at the end of their service life and need to be replaced to maintain reliability for over 7,500 customers served by Dominion Energy and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative substations along the corridor. The line was originally constructed using wooden H-frames and will likely be replaced with weathering steel H-frames and monopole structures.


Purpose

The key purpose of this project is to replace aging infrastructure and rebuild to current reliability standards.

Existing Transmission Corridor Conditions

  • Project area is 22.8 miles long
  • Right of way width is primarily 100 feet wide with some 150-foot sections.
  • Average structure height is 53.4 feet
  • 205 structures in the corridor