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Dominion releases map of five routes for power line

Open House today at Citizens Center

Dominion Power has released a map showing the five potential routes under consideration for its planned 230-kilovolt transmission line to run through King George. In addition to the five potential routes, there are three variations and one extension.

Attend today’s Open House, Wed., Aug. 10, from 4–7 p.m. at the Citizens Center on Route 3 (8076 Kings Hwy.). Dominion Power reps will be on hand to chat with individuals and answer questions regarding the project, with displays and maps set up.

The map showing the routes can be found on our website, www.journalpress.com, and on the county’s website.

The planned high-power line would extend 10-12 miles cutting a swath through the county between 120 to 200 feet wide, depending on which type of tower facility is selected to carry the overhead lines. The tower types under consideration range in height from 67 feet to 120 feet high.

Dominion Power’s plan is to connect the new transmission line from a point along the existing 230-kilovolt line that runs east-west, roughly parallel to Route 3 (along the north side). The other end of the new line will be at a new substation to be built near B-Gate on Naval Support Facility Dahlgren property.

A best effort was made to report on the potential routes as they appear to be depicted on the Dominion Power map. Residents are likewise urged to provide close scrutiny of the map to learn which property might be affected for each potential route, variation and extension. We provide this caution and regret any errors that may be contained in the following description.

~ Route A is the wester1n-most potential route which would tap into the existing transmission line just east of Comorn Road (Route 609), then run northeast and appear to cross several roads including Muscoe Place (Route 608), Indiantown Road (Route 610), Hewitt Place Way, Caledon Road (Route 218), Owens Drive (Route 614) and James Madison Pkwy (US 301), then join with Beaver Road Extension.

~ Route B would tap into the existing transmission line to the east of Indiantown Road (Route 610) and south of Locust Dale Lane (Route 612), prior to crossing that road, then crossing Eden Drive (Route 611), James Madison Pkwy (US 301), Windsor Drive (Route 218), then appearing to run along and then cross Berry Wharf Road (Route 615), Dahlgren Road (Route 206) and then either follow Wal-Mart Variation to re-cross US 301 twice more, or Potomac Road Variation to stay on the southeast side of US 301, then join with Beaver Road Extension.

~ Route C would tap into the existing transmission line west of Ridge Road (Route 205) and north of Rollins Blvd., then run northeast to the west of US 301, crossing Eden Drive (Route 611) and Dawsons Landing Dr. and then north to join and follow Route B.

~ Route H would tap into the existing transmission line to the west of Ashland Mill Road, then cross it then Tulip Lane, Ridge Road (Route 205), Poplar Neck Road (Route 617), Wildlife Lane, Rixey Road (Route 701), Windsor Dr. (Route 218), Brickhouse Road (Route 616), then either following a Wetland Mitigation Bank Variation north to cross Berry Wharf Road (Route 615) or combine further east with proposed Route B.

~ Route D would tap into the existing transmission line between Big Timber Road (Route 647) and Eastview Drive, crossing Big Timber, Round Hill Road (Route 629), Fox Chase Lane, Alden Road (Route 620), Ridge Road (Route 205), Belle Isle Road, Locust Point Road, Hall Road, and Bishop Road, prior to joining with Route H.

MORE POWER NEEDED
The planned transmission line is intended to boost power to the Dahlgren base and provide additional power benefits to the county. The new line will be only the second transmission line to be constructed in the county. The existing 230-kilovolt transmission line has been in place for decades and roughly parallels Route 3 to the north of it.
The Dahlgren base is currently fed by two distribution circuits with distribution lines from substations at Arnolds Corner and at Oak Grove.
In addition to the increasing power needs at the base, the new power line is expected to provide additional electrical capacity to serve the county’s high growth area in Dahlgren and support continued growth and economic development.

TIMELINE
Dominion is expected to narrow the five potential routes and variations down to one preferred route later this summer. Once the route is selected, affected landowners will be notified prior to the company filing an application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) this fall.

The SCC application process is expected to take about a year or longer. One or more public hearings by the SCC are expected to take place prior to a decision. Dominion anticipates receiving approval sometime during 2012. Dominion would then begin the process of acquisition of easements from affected property owners by compensating landowners up front with one-time payments for the easement rights-of-way. Following acquisition of easements, clearing of the land would take place with construction of the transmission towers slated to begin in spring 2013. Dominion anticipates project completion in spring 2014.

Phyllis Cook


 

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