RICHMOND (AP) -- State regulators have approved the construction of high-voltage transmission lines over the lower James River that opponents have said will mar the scenic approach to some of Virginia's most historic attractions.
The State Corporation Commission on Tuesday approved the 8-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission lines sought by Dominion Virginia Power. The lines would stretch from Surry County to the city of Hampton.
A coalition of preservation groups opposed the project because of its visual impact along a section of the James near the state's Historic Triangle. That includes Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown.
The commission acknowledged the concerns, but said the routes chosen for the transmission lines "reasonably minimize" the adverse impact historic attractions. It also said the project is needed to ensure reliable electric service.