American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio and AEP Ohio Transmission Company on July 26 said that an open house will be held on Aug. 9, in Jackson, Ohio, to learn more about one phase of the multi-phase Jackson-Ross County Area Improvements Project, which includes upgrading about 35 miles of transmission line, building three new substations, and making upgrades to existing substations.
The approximate $65m investment aims to upgrade the electric transmission system in Jackson and Ross counties, the statement noted, adding that all of the upgrades are expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
The phase that will be addressed at the open house is the North Jackson 138-kV Transmission Line Project, which is an approximate $10m investment to upgrade about four miles of transmission line in central Jackson County, the statement noted. That line would likely run through Coal and Lick townships, as well as the city of Jackson, the statement noted.
According to a fact sheet about the North Jackson project, the project – which involves replacing aging equipment with modern structures and wires – is driven by the economic development in the city of Jackson and surrounding area. The upgraded line would allow for new businesses to come into the area and allow existing companies to expand, according to the fact sheet.
The proposed structures would vary depending on location, the fact sheet noted, adding that the project would use several structure types, including steel single pole and H-frame structures that would be about 90 feet tall.
According to the project schedule, which is subject to change, a decision by the Ohio Power Siting Board is anticipated later this year; right of way negotiations are planned to occur in 2018; and transmission line construction is planned to begin in 2019, which is also when the project is expected to be complete.