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​Creston-Bell Rebuild Project (DOE/EA-4406)
Lincoln and Spokane counties, Washington

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) rebuilt the 54-mile long Creston-Bell 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line.  The project included replacing wood poles, associated structural components, and conductor, improvements to some existing access roads, construction of 10 miles of new access roads, and some vegetation removal. The rebuild enables BPA to maintain reliable electric service and avoid risks to the public and worker safety.

To understand potential impacts of the proposal, BPA conducted public meetings in March 2011, provided project information to interested parties, and accepted comments on the proposal. In April 2012 BPA conducted an environmental review of the proposal and prepared a  preliminary environmental assessment (EA). The preliminary EA describes the proposed rebuild project, the no action alternative, potential environmental impacts, and proposed mitigation measures that could avoid or minimize those impacts.

In May 2012 BPA made the decision to rebuild the Creston-Bell 115-kV transmission line based on the Final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The EA Revision Sheet combined with the Preliminary EA constitutes the Final EA. The Final EA includes a Floodplain Statement of Findings and a Mitigation Action Plan that outlines the mitigation measures that are implemented during and after construction. Construction was completed January 2013.

For further information on this project, please contact:

Erich Orth, Project Manager​ ​Toll-free: ​800-622-4519
​Bonneville Power Administration - TEP-TPP2 ​Direct: ​360-619-6559
P.O. Box 61409 Email:
Vancouver, WA 98666-1409
Gene Lynard, Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist ​​Toll-free: ​800-622-4519
Bonneville Power Administration - ECT-4 ​​Direct: ​503-230-3790
P.O. Box 3621 ​​Email:
​Portland, OR 97208-3621



Public Letter              (05/07/2012)
FONSI                      (05/07/2012)
Mitigation Action Plan  (05/07/2012)
Revision Sheet          (05/07/2012)

Preliminary EA comments received
Public Letter             (04/11/2012)
Comment Form        (04/11/2012)
Preliminary EA          (April 2012)

Scoping comments received
Public Letter             (03/16/2011)
Comment Form        (03/16/2011)
Project Vicinity Map    (January 2011)