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At Dominion Energy, we are dedicated to finding the best solution for the long-term energy needs within the communities we serve. As we remain focused on reliability, we have identified an aging electric transmission line in the Beaufort area that has been in operation for several decades, and we have initiated a project to rebuild the line. This rebuild project is approximately six miles and will be done exclusively on existing right of way in our Transmission corridor.

Dominion Energy South Carolina will be replacing the existing 115 kilovolt (kV) wooden poles along this corridor with self-supporting galvanized steel structures. The new line will be designed to meet all modern electric codes as well as provide additional reliability and resiliency to the areas along the route. The rebuilt lines will be constructed by contractors of Dominion Energy. At this time, DESC expects there to be no interruptions in power to its customers.

The engineering design and environmental permitting began in the summer of 2020 and will continue through 2021. Line construction is expected to start in the 1st quarter of 2022 and will continue into the 3rd quarter of 2023.

The project begins at the existing Burton Substation, near Robert Smalls Parkway in Beaufort and heads East. Along the way, the line crosses Robert Smalls Parkway, traverses through the Salem Farm area, and crosses Battery Creek. After Battery Creek, the line turns South and runs parallel to the Spanish Moss Trail for 2.5 miles. The line then turns East and parallels South Side Boulevard and then crosses over Ribaut Road.

Roughly 2.5 miles of this rebuild project parallels the Spanish Moss Trail. Dominion Energy recognizes this is a heavily used path for recreational activities and is committed to ensuring that residents are able to utilize as much of the trail as safely as possible. While construction is ongoing, the Trail may be detoured or interrupted for short periods of time. The safety of our employees and the public is our highest priority.

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Please contact Dominion Energy SC at 866-865-1466 or with questions. Additionally, letters will be sent out to impacted property owners along the route as DESC gets closer to construction.  

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