SWEPCO to rebuild portion of 138-kV line in Shreveport, La.

American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) on Sept. 20 said that it plans to rebuild about two miles of existing 138-kV transmission line along Linwood Avenue in Shreveport, La.

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) determined the need to upgrade the line, SWEPCO said.

According to a project fact sheet, most of the existing system was built in the early 1950s, and the improved facilities will bring the system up-to-date, as well as ensure reliable electric service.

The company noted in its statement that the components of the Cedar Grove Area Improvements project include:

  • Replacing wood poles with steel single-pole structures and new wires
  • Making upgrades to equipment at the Linwood and South Shreveport substations

The company said that work will take place within city utility easement corridors and/or within company owned easements.

As noted in the fact sheet, the line rebuild extends from the Linwood substation off of Linwood Avenue, and travels south, paralleling Linwood Avenue, until it reaches the South Shreveport substation, located just south of the Inner Loop Expressway.

The typical height of the structures will be about 90 feet to 110 feet, and the typical distance between structures will be about 300 feet, the fact sheet noted.

The company said in its statement that construction is expected to begin this fall at the South Shreveport substation south of Hwy 3132 near Linwood Avenue, and that construction at the Linwood substation, as well as along the transmission line, will begin early next year. Work is expected to be completed by summer 2018, the company said. The fact sheet noted that restoration will be complete in fall 2018.
SWEPCO said in its statement that an open house on the project will take place on Sept. 28 in Shreveport.

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