BPA invites the public to comment on a proposed project to rebuild the 26-mile Hills Creek-Lookout Point transmission line between Lowell and Oakridge in Lane County, Ore. Only routine maintenance has been performed on the 115-kilovolt line since it was built in 1953. Now most of the 60-year-old structures are physically worn and need to be replaced. The project may also require improving access roads and acquiring or developing new access roads or trails. The rebuild would reduce potential safety risks to the public and work crews. By rebuilding aging transmission lines when needed, BPA preserves the value and reliability of its transmission system.
BPA will prepare an environmental assessment for the project and is seeking comments to help us determine the scope of analysis.