A new high voltage transmission line is being planned for the Jefferson County area by Entergy Arkansas, according to the company.

A new high voltage transmission line is being planned for the Jefferson County area by Entergy Arkansas, according to the company.


Senior Communications Specialist Sally Graham said this week that the 230-kilovolt line will run from the existing White Bluff substation near Redfield to to Woodward substation at 5201 W. Barraque St. in Pine Bluff.


"Entergy Arkansas intends to make these improvements in collaboration with community members who first heard from Entergy about the needs for the proposed project at an open house in February 2013," Graham said in an email. "The overall project facilities will provide a much needed and upgraded 230 kV transmission line that will furnish backup power and maintenance capability to the entire southeast area through substations located in Pine Bluff, Watson Chapel, Monticello, McGehee, Stuttgart, Helena and Lake Village."


Graham said the price tag for the project is $44.3 million and will be put into service in the second quarter of 2016.


"In choosing to upgrade reliability, Entergy Arkansas works with the Arkansas Public Service Commission, which considers several factors, including the need for reliability and construction costs, when approving a new transmission line," Graham said.


She said the company projects that construction costs for the new transmission line will add about 14-cents per month to bills for residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month. That amount will be added to the company’s base rate.