Middle TN Electric Substation in Franklin, TN being Moved to Rutherford County

May 23, 2023 at 12:01 am by WGNS News

SEE UPDATED PLANS: MTE to Move Substation on Thursday (May 25, 2023) HERE

Previous Plans to Move Substation Tuesday (below) were cancelled. See the updated news story above.


RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN - Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) workers and contractors are moving MTE’s Owl Hollow substation in Franklin on Tuesday, May 23 all the way to Rutherford County. Traffic is expected to be considerably affected during the moving process. 

Duplex Road will be nearly shut down as the load progresses along the approximately 60-mile route through four counties, which also includes Owl Hollow Road, Lewisburg Pike (US 431), State Route 99, Nashville Highway (US 31A), Eagleville Pike (SR 99), Highway 41A, SR 99 (New Salem Highway), Veterans Parkway, Burnt Knob Road, Manson Pike, Florence Road, Old Nashville Highway and Southern Place. This substation move is a state-permitted heavy-haul operation.  

The move will take place over two to three hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.Tuesday to avoid school traffic and rush hour. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and seek alternate routes if possible.  

This move will facilitate the installation of an upgraded transformer at the Owl Hollow substation and the expansion of a substation in Rutherford County for improved electric grid reliability.                 

About Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) - Founded in 1936, MTE is the largest electric cooperative in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) region and the second largest in the United States, serving more than 750,000 Tennesseans via 325,000+ accounts covering nearly 2,200 square miles in 11 Middle Tennessee counties, primarily Rutherford, Cannon, Williamson and Wilson. Municipalities served include Murfreesboro, Franklin, Brentwood, Smyrna, La Vergne, Lebanon, and Mt. Juliet. MTE employs 520 people in seven local offices and its Murfreesboro corporate headquarters.

MTE’s subsidiary, United Communications, is a nationally recognized broadband company with a fiber network spanning more than 1,700 route miles providing high-speed internet and other services to portions of Williamson, Rutherford, Marshall, Bedford, Franklin, Wilson, and Davidson counties. 

For more information, please visit www.mte.com.

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