Appalachian Power announces plans for $100 million upgrade in Wythe County

Appalachian Power wants approval for a $100 million upgrade to its infrastructure in Wythe County.

The company says that without an upgrade, the current system in that area could experience voltage problems by 2015.

Appalachian Power is only in the initial study phase of the project, which would involve construction of about 15 miles of electric transmission line. The project also would include upgrades to its Wythe, Progress Park, and Jacksons Ferry substations.

The company is seeking the public’s input about the project. It’s holding a workshop from 5-8 p.m. May 24 at Fort Chiswell High School.

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