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New Arlington Transmission Line

Energy demand in eastern Mecklenburg and southern Cabarrus counties is growing. To keep up with the growing demand, Duke Energy must provide a new transmission power line to serve these areas.

Overview of the project

Duke Energy is building approximately three miles of a new 100-kilovolt (kV) transmission line within Duke Energy's existing easement from our Clear Creek transmission line, west of Harrisburg Road, to a new substation being built by Union Power Cooperative on Rocky River Church Road in Charlotte.

Important benefits to the community

The new transmission line is one of many projects in the region that will improve Duke Energy's service to its customers and those of other utilities like Union Power Cooperative. Improvements to the region's electric infrastructure support growing customer demand for electricity and increase power reliability, especially during times of extreme temperatures.

What to expect

Property owners can expect to see crews, trucks and equipment working in and near the utility easement during line construction.

Throughout this project, activities may include:
  • Duke Energy employees and contractors accessing and working within and around the utility’s easement to perform field assessments and gather data.
  • Installing survey stakes and ribbons to clearly mark easement boundaries, structure locations and other important landmarks. 
  • Establishing work zones to provide safety barriers for our crews and the public. At times, a road may be blocked temporarily as we safely deliver equipment and materials to the utility corridor.
  • Storing construction equipment and materials temporarily at strategic locations within the easement. 
  • Installing temporary environmental erosion control measures such as, barriers, fences and mats.
  • Removing vegetation and trees within and along the edge of the easement to allow for the safe construction, operation and maintenance of the transmission line.
  • Constructing the line using steel/concrete monopoles and/or steel lattice towers. 
  • Stabilizing the ground with seed and straw placement. 

Project schedule

Preparing Duke Energy's easement for construction:

  • Surveying, staking, soil borings and acquiring permits – complete
  • Installing easement erosion control and access – now through early 2021
  • Clearing vegetation – now through early 2021

Construction timeline:

  • Transmission line construction activities (installing foundations, erecting structures, stringing wire) – now through summer 2021
  • Easement restoration activities – fall 2021
  • Project completion – November 2021


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Example of proposed 100kV Double Circuit Monopole 
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Example of proposed 100kV Tangent Lattice Tower
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News and Resources

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Maintenance and Use of Rights-of-Way (PDF)Resource07/23/2021
Get Connected (PDF)Resource07/15/2020
Preguntas Frecuentes (PDF)Resource04/20/2020
Proyecto de transmisión de Duke Energy — Nueva linea de transmisión de 100-kV de Arlington (PDF)Resource04/20/2020
Delivering Electricity to You (PDF)Resource04/20/2020