Carson to Suffolk Land Acquisition

Location: Southeast Virginia

Client: Dominion Virginia Power

Completion Date: October 2009

Burns & McDonnell provided land acquisition and surveying services for the proposed route of the Carson to Suffolk 500-kV Transmission Line Project. The new line was necessary to assure reliable electric service to homes and businesses in the growing south Hampton Roads area of Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The project extends from Dominion's existing Carson Substation in Dinwiddie County, to the Suffolk Substation, southwest of the City of Suffolk.

The project required approximately 60 miles of 100 to 150 feet of right-of-way through 240 parcels in Dinwiddie, Prince George, Sussex, Southampton and Isle of Wight Counties, terminating in the City of Suffolk, Va.

  • Overall project management
  • Land acquisition
  • Title reports
  • Surveying

Dominion Virginia Power required that the title be 100 percent clear even though the right-of-way was acquired via easements. This meant that lien releases were required form all lien holders, including mortgage companies. The mortgage crisis made this especially challenging. Not only were mortgage companies preoccupied with other urgent matters, land values were falling for the first time in generations. Because of this, mortgage companies imposed stringent requirements that included surveys, appraisals and more.

  • More than 25 miles of parallel existing transmission line
  • More than 34 miles of new right-of-way
  • 150-foot-wide ROW if not parallel
  • 100-foot-wide ROW if parallel to existing 500-kv line
  • 115-foot-wide ROW if parallel to 115-kV line