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About 200 King George residents attend open house to learn more about proposed high-voltage line to be built by Dominion Power.

Date published: 8/11/2011


They couldn't vote on their preferred route, but were asked to evaluate each alternative.

"I've never seen a situation where the power company asked people for their input," said John Rinko. "It's good to get peoples' advice. Whether they're going to take it or not, who knows?"

Projects manager Pelkey said all five routes carry about the same weight at this point. The shortest one is about 10 miles and the longest, just more than 12 miles. There's about a $1 million to $2 million difference between the cheapest and most expensive ones, he said.

The estimated cost of the project is $30 million.

"In our minds, we'd take any one of the five," he said. "It really doesn't matter."

Dominion will factor the community input, along with environmental issues, costs and affected homes into spreadsheets and determine the best route, Pelkey said.

It hopes to file an application with the State Corporation Commission by October.

If approved, construction would begin in fall 2012 and the project would be completed by May 2014, according to Dominion's timeline.

Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425
Email: cdyson@freelancestar.com

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Maps of the proposed routes, as well as descriptions of the different types of overhead power lines, are on Dominion's website, dom.com. Search for Dahlgren. ROUTE A runs for the most part along the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail. ROUTE B runs north between State Route 206 and U.S. 301, then hits State Route 218 and goes north to the new Walmart in Dahlgren. ROUTE C is farther southeast on State Route 3 and roughly parallels U.S. 301. ROUTE D is the farthest southeast and crosses State Route 205, then heads north and crosses Route 218. ROUTE H starts near Ashland Mill Road, crosses Poplar Neck Road, then Route 218 and heads north along U.S. 301.