More on Dominion’s new power line through Upper Caroline

The Free Lance-Star: Power company asks for new line:

This month Dominion Virginia Power will submit an application to the State Corporation Commission for approval to build a new transmission line in Caroline County.

A 250-foot right of way already exists for this new line from the Ladysmith Combustion Turbine site along Interstate 95 to the Bear Island-Fredericksburg line in Caroline County near Stonewall Jackson Road.

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The Ladysmith-Possum Point line already exists in the right of way. The new line would enable Dominion to further provide for customers as population growth continues to increase rapidly in the state.

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A Dominion open house at Upper Caroline Volunteer Fire Department Thursday night fielded questions and concerns from residents. Neddenien said the open house is one step in a lengthy process to get the line built.

If the SCC approves the new 230,000-volt line within the next year, construction would begin in Nov. 2009. The line would cover a distance of five miles and must be in service by May 2010 in order to meet forecasted growth and demand for electricity in the area.

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Mike Finchum, director of planning in Caroline County, said that the county has planned for 11,000 plots of houses to be developed in the next 25 years. These plots are within housing subdivisions such as Ladysmith Village and Haymount.

“We don’t want to grow as fast as Spotsy or Stafford,” said Finchum.

How about you guys do some planning and figure out how 10,760 people living in Haymount are going to get around on the little ol’ two-lane “historical byway” of Route 17?

For details, visit dom.com and click on the power line projects link to the right.

Direct linkage: Ladysmith Combustion Turbine 230kV Line

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