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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 will include improving, acquiring, and building access roads and removing danger trees. The 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.


    A Revision Sheet for the EA is available that, with the Preliminary EA, constitutes the Final EA. On November 25, 2014, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was issued. It includes a Mitigation Action Plan. BPA has decided to proceed with the Proposed Action.

    Construction will start in May 2015 and will be completed in fall-winter 2016.


  • 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


  • 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)

    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

    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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