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Powerlines

Benefits

  • Replace aging infrastructure - in place since 1962
  • Increase reliability and efficiency.
  • Maintain safety for Dominion Energy and VDOT crews
  • Lessen potential hazards to the public.

Timeline (View Full Timeline)

  • Late June-July 2021
    • New underground line energized.
    • Begin removal of overhead electric transmission line. Drivers on Route 3 crossing the Norris Bridge can expect brief travel delays as we position the necessary equipment to safely remove the lines.
    • For real-time updates on lane closures for this work, visit www.511Virginia.org.

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Project Description

We currently operate an overhead 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line that, for about 2-miles, crosses the Rappahannock River and is partially attached to the Norris Bridge (Route 3). The two mile river crossing is part of a single 115 kV transmission line (Line #65) that runs for about 38 miles between our Northern Neck Substation in Richmond County and our Harmony Village Substation in Middlesex County. This provides critical electric service to approximately 19,000 customers in the area and is a primary source of electric power to the Northern Neck peninsula.

The current transmission line includes seven wooden H-frame structures in the water and 14 attachments to the bridge. The Rappahannock River Crossing Project will replace the aging wooden poles and bridge attachments.

The approved project will replace the existing overhead transmission line and partially attached to the Norris Bridge with an underground transmission line.

Once the new line is constructed, the wooden poles and the attachments on the bridge will be removed.

In its findings, the State Corporation Commission has confirmed that this rebuild project is needed and will improve electric reliability for the 16,000 homes and businesses in the Northern Neck area that depend on us.

Construction-Related Impacts

Service Interruption

There are no planned service interruptions for this project

Traffic

There may be some traffic delays.

Noise

Noise levels will be minimal; permits are in place.

Neighborhood

Access to surrounding neighborhoods may be impacted.

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