The BLM granted a right-of-way (ROW) on January 17, 2014, for the Sun Valley to Morgan Transmission Line Project. As part of the record of decision (ROD), the BLM also amended its 2010 Bradshaw-Harquahala Resource Management Plan (RMP).
The project is proposed as an above-ground electric transmission system, consisting of a single series of tower structures holding two high-voltage circuits – a single-circuit 500 kilovolt (kV) transmission line and a single-circuit 230 kV line.
The total project spans 38 miles and seeks to connect APS’s Sun Valley Substation near the northern reaches of the Town of Buckeye with the Morgan Substation near the City of Peoria. The ROW is for approximately 9 miles of Federal public lands in two separate locations. That includes a 7-mile stretch of BLM land along State Route 74, which is now designated as a utility corridor. The ROD also amends the visual resource management classification for the 7-mile stretch.
The BLM's decision applies only to the land that it manages, although the environmental impact statement prepared by the BLM applies to all potentially affected lands. Decisions on non-BLM land will be made by the property owners, which include the Arizona State Land Department.
Information about the BLM's role in the project is available from Joe Incardine, National Project Manager, at 801-539-4118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inquiries for information may also be sent to
BLM Phoenix District Office
Hassayampa Field Office
APS Sun Valley to Morgan 500/230kV Transmission Line Project
21605 North Seventh Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027