American Electric Power’s (AEP) Appalachian Power on Oct. 15 said that it will host an open house on Oct. 30 in Henry County, Va., regarding the Fieldale-Ridgeway Transmission Line Rebuild Project, which involves upgrading about 15 miles of transmission line to improve electric reliability in the area.
Improvements include replacing wooden poles from the 1920s with sturdier steel poles, the company said. Appalachian Power noted that it plans to rebuild the power line in or near its existing right of way (ROW). The existing line begins at the Fieldale substation along Appalachian Drive and exits the substation to the east, the company said, adding that the line then travels south, crosses Route 220 at two points, and goes through Sheffield substation off Joseph Martin Highway. The final section of the line travels through the Ridgeway substation on Old Mill Road and concludes at a structure near the Virginia-North Carolina border, the company said.
Appalachian Power said that it will use the information gathered at the open house to solidify a proposed line route, and that it will then seek project approval from the Virginia State Corporation Commission. If approved, construction on the project would begin in fall 2021 and conclude by the end of 2022, the company said.
Source: Appalachian Power
According to a project fact sheet, crews plan to rebuild the 138-kV power line using steel, H-frame poles and single poles, depending on the location. The structures would be about 90 feet tall and the ROW width would be about 100 feet.