SCC Approves Rt. 50 Powerline Compromise

The State Corporation Commission last week issued an order granting final approval to the alternative, county-proposed path for Dominion Power’s planned power lines along Rt. 50.

Dominion acquiesced to the board of supervisors’ demands in June after learning that the county government had acquired land at the intersection of Rt. 50 and Rt. 606 in the path of Dominion’s planned powerlines. Dominion’s original plans would have erected 110-foot power poles along Rt. 50 to connect a power line between Stone Springs Boulevard and Racefield Lane to a substation near Poland Road. The county’s alternative route connects to power lines near Dulles Airport, runs along Rt. 606, across airport land on Vance Road, and a shorter section of Rt. 50 to the Poland Road substation.

According to Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles), because the SCC case was settled without litigation, the county and participating property owners along the corridor will get back slightly more than two-thirds of the money they contributed into an expert fund. The county had matched contributions by impacted property owners into that fund.

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