Cates Landing (Lake County, Tennessee)

Update – November 2022

TVA has identified the preferred location for transmission improvements that would provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the Tiptonville area of Lake County in Tennessee.   

TVA evaluated each route using social, engineering, and environmental factors.  Information sources included available data, aerial photography, limited onsite reviews, public review and comment, and property owner input.  Based on public input and evaluation, the preferred route is expected to have the least overall project impact of the alternatives.

TVA’s proposed 3.73-mile line would begin between Structures 456 and 457 on TVA’s Tiptonville-New Madrid No. 1 161-kilovolt Transmission Line.  The line would then extend north to the Lake County Industrial Park on Cates Landing Road North in Tiptonville.

The route selected is Route 1 consisting of Segments 1, 4, 6, 7, and 9 as presented online at the virtual open house from May 5 through June 6, 2022.  (Segment 7 has been adjusted since the virtual open house to minimize line angles south of Levee Road.)

The new line will be built using primarily single- and double-pole, steel structures centered on the new 100-foot-wide right of way.    

Determine preferred route for field survey- Fall 2022

Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin- Winter 2023

Easement purchases are scheduled to begin- Spring 2023

Construction is scheduled to begin- Fall 2023

Project in service- Spring 2024

The National Environmental Policy Act review is pending. 

Background

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the Tiptonville area of Lake County in Tennessee.    

TVA’s new double-circuit line would be about 3.7 miles long.  The new line would begin at a point on TVA’s Tiptonville-New Madrid No. 1 161-kilovolt Transmission Line and extend north to the industrial park.

There are two alternative tap points and nine alternative line segments under consideration for the route of the new transmission line.

The new line would consist primarily of single- and double-pole, double-circuit steel structures centered on a new 100-foot-wide right of way.

Property owners near and along the alternative transmission line segments have been invited to a virtual open house by mail – including about 37 property owners representing about 62 parcels. 

The virtual open house is available from May 5 through June 6, 2022, at tvavirtual.com/cateslanding.

Property owners and members of the public are invited to submit comments and questions about this proposed transmission project through June 6, 2022.

The project is expected to be in service in spring 2024.  Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2023.  (Dates are subject to change. Unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)

Public Involvement

TVA held a virtual open house online from May 5 through June 6, 2022, to present the project.  Within this 30-day comment period, property owners and members of the public were able to submit questions and comments online, in writing, or by telephone.

Map

The map shows the area of the proposed transmission improvements. The map is also available below as a PDF file.

If you have questions or need help understanding the map, please contact TVA (see below).

Preferred route of proposed transmission line (PDF)

Possible routes of proposed transmission line (PDF)

Project Schedule

(Dates are subject to change. Unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)

Virtual Open House begins May 5, 2022
Comments accepted through June 6, 2022
Determine preferred route for field surveys Fall 2022
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin Winter 2023
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin Spring 2023
Construction is scheduled to begin Fall 2023
Project in service Spring 2024

Environmental Reviews

The appropriate National Environmental Policy Act review will be conducted to ensure that the environmental impacts are minimized. TVA attempts to minimize any land requirements, private property impacts, and environmental impacts associated with this project.

Efforts are made during the siting process to avoid or minimize impacts to floodplains and wetlands in accordance with Executive Orders 11988 and 11990. Floodplains and wetlands are shown on the referenced map. The map illustrates how the route avoids or impacts floodplains and wetlands. Because of project and topographic constraints and because of minimizing impacts to other social, environmental, and engineering resources, no practicable alternative may be available that would allow complete avoidance of impacts to floodplains and wetlands which may require mitigation for minimizing impacts. Also, best management practices would be utilized throughout the project to minimize adverse floodplain and wetland impacts. In compliance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, TVA will be coordinating wetland findings with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Contact

More information on this project can be obtained from:

Les Warnock
P.E., Siting Engineer
newtransline@tva.gov
(800) 362-4355
1101 Market Street, MR 4G
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2801