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Salem-Albany Transmission Line Rebuild (DOE/EA-1946)*

Polk, Benton, Marion, and Linn counties, Oregon


    BPA is proposing to completely rebuild the 24-mile Salem-Albany No. 1 and the 28-mile Salem-Albany No. 2 wood-pole transmission lines. The lines run from Salem to Albany, Ore., through Polk, Benton, Marion, and Linn counties. The proposed project would include replacing all components of the two transmission lines, including the wood poles and conductors (existing fiber on both lines would remain). Associated activities would include improving, acquiring, and building access roads and removing danger trees. The proposed project is needed due to the age and deterioration of the two lines.

    BPA will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) to understand the potential environmental impacts of the project. Two alternatives will be studied in the EA: to rebuild the line or not to rebuild, continuing with current operation and maintenance practices. The EA will describe anticipated impacts to natural and human resources and include mitigation measures that would enable BPA to avoid or minimize impacts.


    BPA has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) to evaluate the potential impacts of the proposed project and identify ways to reduce those impacts. The draft EA also considers a No Action Alternative by which the transmission line would not be rebuilt, access to the line would not be updated, and BPA would continue with current operation and maintenance practices, including danger tree removal. In addition, since BPA conducted public scoping for the proposed project in January 2013, there have been some changes to the proposed design. Most notably, we discovered safety issues regarding the proximity of the lines to the edge of the right-of-way on Salem-Albany No. 1. The proposed solution would be to move portions of the transmission line to the center of the right-of-way, move some structures forward or back, and replace about 9 miles of H-frame wood poles with steel monopoles. Chapter 2 of the Draft EA explains this and other project details.

    Please note: some routine maintenance activities will continue to occur over the next couple of years to carry out repairs on existing structures in order to ensure continued safety and reliability of the line. Please feel free to contact BPA with any questions or concerns about these activities (contact information is below).


    Two informal, open-house public meetings have been scheduled to answer questions and accept comments about the scope of the EA. Several members of the project team will be available to answer your questions and listen to your ideas.

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Henry Hill Educational Support Center
    (Formerly Henry Hill Elementary)
    750 S. 5th St.
    Independence, OR 97351
    Thursday, July 24, 2014
    4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Fairmount Grange
    835 NW North Albany Road
    Albany, Oregon 97321


    BPA is seeking comments on the EA. Based on the analysis in the EA and comments received, BPA will prepare either a finding of no significant Impact and decide whether to proceed with the project, or an environmental impact statement if there is the potential for significant environmental impacts.

    Please submit your comments on the draft EA proposal and potential impacts by August 6, 2014. so they may be considered while we draft the EIS. When commenting, refer to the full project name. Comments will be posted in their entirety on the comment webpage.

    Comment Methods:
    Mail to: Bonneville Power Administration
    Public Affairs - DKE-7
    P.O. Box 14428
    Portland, OR 97293-4428


    Scoping comment period:
    Public meeting:
    Public meeting:
    Draft EA:
    Public meeting:
    Public meeting:
    Final EA:
    FONSI/MAP (if warranted)
    12/04/2012 through 01/31/2013
    01/16/2013 in Monmouth, OR
    01/17/2013 in Albany, OR
    07/23/2014 in Independence, OR
    07/24/2014 in Albany, OR
    Fall 2014
    Late Fall/Early Winter 2014


  • For environmental-related information, contact:
    Doug Corkran
    Environmental Protection Specialist
    Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4
    P.O. Box 3621
    Portland, OR 97208-3621

    Direct line:


    For project information, contact:
    Amanda Williams
    Project Manager

    Bonneville Power Administration - TEP-TPP-1
    P.O. Box 61409
    Vancouver, WA 98666-1409

    Direct line:



    (All documents are in pdf format)

    Comments received on draft EA
    Public Letter (87 Kb) (07/03/2014)
    Draft EA (2.3 Mb) (July, 2014)
    Comment Form (87 Kb) (07/03/2014)

    Comments received on scoping
    Postcard Notification (113 Kb) (01/02/2013)
    Public Letter (39 Kb) (12/04/2012)
    Project Map (935 Kb) (11/27/2012)
    Comment Form (29 Kb) (12/04/2012)

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