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Updates

  • January 2021 – Crews are installing foundations and staging materials in the right of way as we prepare for structure installation on Phase 1. Danger tree removal and access installation are also underway on Phase 1.
  • March 2021Project update postcard sent to landowners.
  • April 2021 – Work is wrapping up on phase 1 from Staunton-Verona. Crews will be starting to work on phase 2 from Verona-Weyers Cave.

Benefits

  • 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

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 these customers are powered by two Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative substations served by this line.

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Overview & Project Description

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.

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

Proposed Transmission Corridor Conditions

  • Weathering steel H-frame structures
  • Utilizes existing right of way corridor
  • Average proposed structure height is 66 feet

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 2022 - 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
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