ECI was contracted by American Electric Power (AEP) to construct and rebuild approximately 25-miles of 69 kV transmission line near Childress, Texas in Hardeman and Childress Counties. The project was broken into three components: Childress to Kirkland (5.5 miles), Kirkland to Acme Best Wall (15 miles) and Acme Best Wall to Quanah (5 miles).
ECI Environmental Services was tasked with completing biological, wetland and cultural surveys within the existing project right-of-way (ROW) to determine sensitive resources in the project area. ECI subcontracted with GAI Consultants, Inc. to complete the surveys and upon completion, ECI reviewed the reports and completed necessary revisions to access roads, laydown yards, the ROW and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) to minimize and avoid impacts to sensitive areas.
A Notice of Intent (NOI) and SWPPP for Large Construction Sites under the TXR150000 General Permit was completed for each component and included Best Management Practices (BMPs) to control sediment discharges from the ROW during construction, specifically in sensitive areas such as wetlands and waterbodies located near the project.
The project crosses US HWY 287 and several Farm to Market Roads (FM Roads) and county owned roads. The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) has jurisdiction over all federal, state, and FM roads. ECI prepared the exhibits and plan/profiles for submission to TXDOT. Upon TXDOT approval, ECI prepared the traffic control plan for use during construction. Childress and Hardeman County were contacted to ensure no permits would be necessary for temporary construction accesses and overhead crossings.