Transmission Line Land Use Cost Study

Location: Virginia

Client: Dominion Virginia Power

Completion Date: 2007

Burns & McDonnell was retained by Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) to provide a feasibility study in which the combined construction and land acquisition costs per square foot were estimated for 76 Virginia counties.

DVP sought data to estimate potential future costs for building transmission lines in various parts of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The feasibility study required gathering actual assessed land values for more than 2 million residential, commercial, agricultural and special use properties, as well as evaluating the subsurface makeup (percentage of rock) to determine whether overhead or underground transmission line structures could be used in certain areas of the state.

The final product included a report with supplementary data and a color-coded map with ranges of per square foot costs comparing underground and overhead construction, including real estate costs.

  • Feasibility study
  • Property assessment data analysis
  • Geological assessment