AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) on April 5 said that it plans to rebuild about 11 miles of existing 69-kV transmission line in Northeast Texas.
The approximately $14.5m Marshall–Hallsville Transmission Line Project will address reliability concerns and ensure an adequate supply of electricity for the area’s growth and economic development, the company said.
The project begins at the company’s Marshall substation, which is located west of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the west side of Marshall, SWEPCO said, adding that the line travels west along a corridor near Highway 80 to the Hallsville substation, which is located west of North Oak Street in Hallsville.
Upgrades include removing the existing wood poles and replacing them with steel monopoles and replacing the existing electrical wire with new conductor, the company said on its website.
Discussing the project’s need, the company noted that the Southwest Power Pool identified the need to upgrade aging infrastructure and to provide regional overload relief.
The company said that it plans to begin construction in September, and that construction is expected to be complete in June 2017.
Right of way agents will begin contacting property owners along the route this spring to discuss the land surveying and other pre-construction activities, the company said in its April 5 statement. Construction to replace and upgrade the existing equipment will take place in the utility easements, the company said.
SWEPCO is a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP).