Public meeting set on Wythe power line project

Saying that upgrades are necessary to provide reliable electrical service to its customers, Appalachian Power announced on Wednesday that it wants to build a new transmission line in Wythe County.

In addition to adding approximately 15 miles of 138-kilovolt line, the $100-million project would improve the company’s electrical substations in Wytheville, Progress Park and Jacksons Ferry, according to a release.

Although exact routes for the new line, which is smaller than the company’s controversial 765-kV line already in Wythe County, haven’t been determined, Appalachian has identified possible paths.

“These are study segments at this point; we don’t have anything proposed,” said Appalachian spokesman Todd Burns.

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