Tiptonville, Tennessee (Tiptonville-New Madrid No. 2)

Proposed Transmission Project

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would increase the transmission import capacity with Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AECI), in the Tiptonville area in Lake County.

TVA is proposing to build 6.8 miles of single-circuit, 161-kilovolt transmission line to provide power to TVA’s 161-kilovolt Tiptonville Switching Station. The new Tiptonville-New Madrid No. 2 Transmission Line would begin at the Tiptonville Switching Station and extend northwest connecting to a new AECI dead-end structure across the Mississippi River.

A single route is under consideration for the new line. The line would consist of primarily H-frame, steel structures using existing 100-foot-wide right of way that would be expanded to 187.5 feet.

In addition to this work, the existing Tiptonville-New Madrid 161-kilovolt No. 1 Transmission Line would be reconductored. Structures on the existing line may need to be modified or replaced to support the new conductor.

TVA will hold a virtual information session from December 15, 2021, through January 14, 2022, online at tvavirtual.com/tiptonville where detailed maps of the project will be displayed. Property owners and members of the public will be able to submit questions online, by telephone, and in writing.

The project is expected to be in service in winter 2024-2025. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2024. (Dates are subject to change -- unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)

Public Involvement

Virtual Information Session
December 15, 2021 – January 14, 2022
tvavirtual.com/tiptonville

TVA is committed to working with area stakeholders to address concerns during various stages of the project.

TVA will hold a virtual information session to provide information about the proposed transmission project. The virtual information session may be accessed at tvavirtual.com/tiptonville from December 15, 2021, through January 14, 2022.

Property owners and members of the public will be able to submit questions online, by telephone, and in writing. Large maps showing the proposed transmission project will be displayed.

Any names and addresses received at the virtual information session will become part of the administrative record.

If you are not able to access the virtual information session but have questions, you may contact Les Warnock (see contact below).

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).

Possible routes of proposed transmission line

Project Schedule

Dates are subject to change -- unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.

Virtual Information Session December 15, 2021 – January 14, 2022
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin Spring 2022
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin Fall 2023
Construction is scheduled to begin Fall 2024
Project in service Winter 2024-2025

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