Dominion underwater transmission line construction project underway

Megan Schiffres

by Megan Schiffres



The sun sets over the Rappahannock River as contractors construct work stations for Dominion Energy’s underwater transmission line project.

WHITE STONE—Dominion Energy is now two months into the process of constructing underwater transmission lines across the Rappahannock River.

These underwater lines will replace the lines that have been attached to the Robert O. Norris Jr. Memorial Bridge since 1962, which need to be replaced in order to maintain the structural integrity and reliability of its transmission system and to perform needed maintenance on its existing facilities, according to Dominion’s permit application to the State Corporation Commission of Virginia (SCC) in 2016.

Using horizontal drilling, Dominion will install 10,064 feet of electrical cable beneath…