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Purpose

Built in the 1920s, two 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines need to be replaced to maintain electric reliability. The lines are in a 9.2-mile right of way corridor that runs through Rockbridge, Amherst and Bedford counties. The existing wooden H-frame and steel lattice structures will be replaced with a combination of brown, weathering steel H-frame and steel pole structures.

  • Project area is 9.2 miles long
  • Right of way width is primarily 125 feet wide with some 100-foot sections
  • Average H-frame structure height is 46 feet
  • Average lattice structure height is 80 feet
  • 85 structures in the corridor
  • Average height of structure in double-circuit section from Balcony Falls-Cushaw is 94.2 feet
  • Average structure height in single-circuit section from Cushaw-Skimmer is 60.5 feet
  • 74 total structures in proposed corridor
  • Maximum structure height increase of 63 feet in Balcony Falls-Cushaw section
  • Maximum structure height increase of 17 feet in Cushaw-Skimmer section

Benefits

  • Complies with mandatory standards to ensure safety, reliability and to meet future needs
  • Minimizes impact to the community and environment
  • Replaces aging infrastructure
  • Reduces number of structures in the right of way

Timeline (View Full Timeline)

  • March 2020 - Project announcement
  • Q1 2020 - Q3 2021 - Permitting activities and conceptual design
  • March 2022 – Preconstruction virtual community meeting
  • May 2022 - Begin construction
  • End of 2023 - Complete line construction
  • Spring 2024 – Complete restoration activities

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Updates

  • Project Informational Meeting - TBA
  • June 2021 - Project update postcard
  • April 2021 - Permitting activities and project design continue.

Construction-Related Impacts

Service Interruption

N/A

Your electric service is not expected to be impacted by this project. 

Traffic

There may be some traffic delays.

Noise

Noise levels will be moderate; permits are in place.

Neighborhood

Access to surrounding neighborhoods will not be impacted.

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