BPA proposes to rebuild a 32-mile section of the Albany-Eugene 115-kilovolt No. 1 Transmission Line. No major work has been done on the line since it was originally built in 1940. There is a need to rebuild the line to maintain reliable electrical service and to avoid risks to the safety of the public and maintenance crews.
BPA held a public meeting in March 2010 in Junction City, OR. At that time BPA determined that a significant number of danger trees would need to be removed to prevent potential damage to the line and that a different kind of National Environmental Policy Act document, an Environmental Impact Statement, rather than an Environmental Assessment was be required.
BPA held additional public meetings in November 2010, and produced a Final EIS in April 2011. Based on the final EIS findings and public input throughout the process, BPA issued a decision to proceed with the project in June 2012. Construction began on the project in mid June 2012.