Appalachian Power on March 6 said that its representatives and the utility’s affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Co., Inc., plan upgrades to the electric transmission system serving customers in Kanawha, Lincoln, and Boone counties in West Virginia through the Alum Creek-Madison Transmission Line Rebuild Project, which involves rebuilding about 20 miles of transmission line in or near the existing right of way (ROW).
As noted in a project fact sheet, the project is designed to increase electric reliability in the area, as well as strengthen the transmission system by replacing towers from the 1920s with steel poles.
The rebuild begins at a transmission tower near Bellingham Drive in St. Albans and continues south through Kanawha, Lincoln, and Boone counties, the fact sheet noted, adding that the upgrades end at a substation along Hopkins Road and Little Coal River in Danville.
Crews plan to rebuild the line using steel, H-frame poles, according to the fact sheet, which also noted that the existing structure height is about 100 feet and that the proposed structure height is about 90 feet, with the ROW width being about 100 feet.
According to the project schedule, ROW acquisition would begin in spring 2021, construction would begin in fall 2021, and the project would be in service in November 2023.
Appalachian Power, which is a unit of American Electric Power, said in its statement that community members and landowners in the project area are invited to learn more about the project at an open house scheduled for March 19 in Charleston, W.Va.