UNSE proposes building a new 69kV power line partially along the same route currently occupied by an existing lower‐voltage distribution line. The proposed alignment for the new 69 kV line is within the existing transportation corridor on Pierce Ferry Road that will cross private land and federal public land managed by the BLM. UNSE is proposing to stay within county road ROW for most of the route.
Near Pierce Ferry and Diamond Bar Roads, the route will veer west to minimize visual impact near the entrance to Arizona’s Joshua Tree National Natural Landmark (NNL). The proposed alignment would continue along Pierce Ferry Road to the planned Meadview Substation, located about a half‐mile south of Greentree Road. UNSE also plans to decommission and co‐locate portions of an existing distribution line that crosses about three miles of Arizona’s Joshua Tree NNL.
UNSE continues to collaborate with the BLM Kingman Field Office in the development of alternative route alignments. The BLM is currently considering the proposed alignment as described above. Following completion of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process, BLM will issue an amendment to the existing grant of ROW AZA‐018556.