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


Polk, Benton, Marion, and Linn counties, Oregon

  • PROJECT DESCRIPTION:


    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.

  • CURRENT STATUS:


    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.

  • PROJECT SCHEDULE:


  • Scoping comment period December 4, 2012 through 31, 2013
    Scoping public meeting January 16, 2013 in Monmouth, Oregon
    Scoping public meeting January 17, 2013 in Albany, Oregon
    Draft EA comment period July 3, 2014 through August 6, 2014
    July 23, 2014 in Independence, Oregon and
    July 24, 2014 in Albany, Oregon
    Final EA November 25, 2014
    Finding of No Significant Impact November 25, 2014

  • CONTACT:


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

    Toll-free:
    Direct line:
    Email:



    800-622-4519
    503-230-7646
    dfcorkran@bpa.gov



    For project information, contact:
    Amanda Williams
    Project Manager

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

    Toll-free:
    Direct line:
    Email:


    800-622-4519
    360-619-6634 
    amloran@bpa.gov


  • DOCUMENTS:


    (All documents are in pdf format)

    FINAL EA / FONSI:
    Public Letter (180 Kb) (12/08/2014)
    Revision Sheet (6.5 Mb) (11/25/2014)
    FONSI and Mitigation Action Plan (745 Kb) (11/25/2014))

    Project Update Postcard

    DRAFT EA:
    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)

    SCOPING:
    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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