American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) on April 27 said that it plans to rebuild about 11 miles of existing transmission line in the Texarkana area in Texas through the estimated $23m Texarkana Area Improvements project.
The company said that the project will ensure continued reliability to area customers and provide vital support for local economic development.
The 39th Street-Bann 69-kV transmission line was built more than 70 years ago, and the existing wood structures are in need of replacement due to their age, as well as their inability to adequately support the necessary electricity for the area’s demand, according to a project fact sheet.
Replacing those structures with single-pole steel structures will provide the area with more reliable facilities capable of handling future power demand, the fact sheet noted.
The proposed line upgrade begins at the 39th Street substation and travels out to State Line Avenue, where the line turns and travels north to I-30, according to the fact sheet. The line continues north, then west toward Summerhill Road, and travels southwest from there for about five miles to a point just north of I-30, the fact sheet noted. The line rebuild ends at the Bann substation, which is located on Highway 82, the fact sheet said, adding that a short extension of that line to the Red Lick substation will be rebuilt as part of the project.
Construction is expected to begin in early 2018, and be completed by late 2019, the company said in its statement.
SWEPCO also said that it will host a come-and-go informational open house on May 4 at the Texarkana Texas Convention Center in Texarkana, where visitors will be able to learn more about the improvements, review maps, and talk with project representatives.
Right of way agents will begin contacting landowners along the existing route to discuss the need for land surveying, as well as securing any necessary property easements, the company said.