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Frequently Asked Questions

Will the structure look different?

The height of the transmission structures is set in accordance with electrical clearances and other regulations intended to safeguard the public. The new structures in the water will be supported by existing foundations and will remain the same height and style as the original structures. The only change will be in color - changing from COR-Ten to galvanized steel.

The structures on shore will be approximately 15 feet taller than the existing structures. The new A-frame design will offer a cleaner vista on shore.

Can Dominion Energy build the entire line underground?

We have studied the initial timelines and costs associated with potentially submerging this line. Our research confirmed that keeping the line overhead is the preferred option from an operational, reliability and cost perspective. An underground line would have a larger environmental impact and would require transition stations on either side of the water crossing. These stations would require the purchase of property, as well as additional time for siting, construction and permitting. Ultimately, project scope changes will be determined by the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

Will Dominion Energy repair damage due to construction?

Yes. Our easement agreements allow us access to private roads of property owners crossed by the right of way. The company, at its expense, will repair any private roads damaged by Dominion Energy or its contractors during construction of the line or during future maintenance. In addition, we will reimburse property owners for crop damage, and repair or replace fences or gates if we damage them.

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