MURRAY  – The Tennessee Valley Authority has identified a preferred route for a new transmission line that it says would provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the Kenlake area of Calloway and Marshall Counties.

TVA proposes to build 8.7 miles of transmission line to supply power to West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation’s new substation located south of the Kenlake State Resort Park in Calloway County. The new line would begin at TVA’s Marshall-Murray 161- kilovolt transmission line and extend southeast to WKRECC’s new substation at the intersection of Highway 94, Green Valley Road and Highland Road. This preferred route is route 1 consisting of segments 1, 9, 16, 20 and 23 proposed at an open house held in December 2018. 

The preferred route is expected to have the least impact on the area, based on public input from the open house and additional evaluation of other factors, including social, environmental and engineering impacts. A National Environmental Policy Act review is also pending.

The project requires new right of way. TVA says it will meet with property owners along the proposed right of way to obtain easements for construction, operation and maintenance of the line. Property owners would still own the property and be compensated for the easements at fair market value.

TVA is expected to begin surveys in summer 2019 and start acquiring easements in summer 2020. Construction is scheduled to begin in winter 2020-2021 and be completed in summer 2021. 

A map of the project and additional information are available on the TVA website at www.tva.com/transmissionprojects. TVA says it is investing $2.2 billion Valley-wide in transmission system improvements over the next five years to continue our mission of providing low cost, reliable power. 

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