Open house scheduled for Sept. 18 in Ohio regarding two rebuild projects

American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio and AEP Ohio Transmission Company on Aug. 28 said that an open house will be held on Sept. 18 in Chillicothe, Ohio, regarding the proposed Springfield 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project and Liberty 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project, which represent an approximate $19m investment.

Combined, those projects will replace about 12 miles of transmission line to improve reliability of the electric transmission grid in Ross and Jackson counties, the companies said. The projects will run through Springfield, Jefferson, and Liberty townships in Ross County, as well as Coal, Liberty, Jackson, and Lick townships in Jackson County, the companies said.

According to the Springfield project’s website, the projected costs of the upgrades are about $8m. According to a fact sheet about that project, the major project components include upgrading about five miles of transmission line.

According to the project schedule, transmission line construction would begin in fall 2018, and the project would be complete in fall 2019.

According to the Liberty project’s website, the projected costs of the upgrades are about $11m. According to a fact sheet about that project, the major project components include upgrading about seven miles of transmission line.

According to the project schedule, transmission line construction would begin in spring 2020, and the project would be complete in spring 2021.

The fact sheets of both projects noted that each existing line has reached an age where it needs to be replaced.

The projects are part of the larger Ross-Jackson Area Improvements Project, which will be an approximate $41m investment, the companies noted in the Aug. 28 statement, adding that that larger effort will bring needed improvements to the electric transmission grid in Ross and Jackson counties. That project includes upgrading aging infrastructure, replacing poles, and building new lines to expand the capabilities of the system, the companies said.

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