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.
A public letter was mailed July 3, 2014. The comment period closed August 6, 2014. Comments on the draft EA will be posted in their entirety on the comment webpage.
|For environmental-related information, contact:
Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration - KEC-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621
|For project information, contact:
Bonneville Power Administration - TEP-TPP-1
P.O. Box 61409
Vancouver, WA 98666-1409
(All documents are in pdf format)
Project Update Postcard
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)