American Electric Power’s Appalachian Power on June 23 said that it and AEP West Virginia Transmission Co., Inc., plan upgrades to the electric transmission system serving customers in Kanawha County, Putnam County, and the City of Nitro in West Virginia through the Bancroft-Turner Transmission Line Rebuild Project.
The project involves upgrading about 15 miles of transmission line, Appalachian Power said. Company representatives are reviewing route options to rebuild the line through Nitro as development has increased since the line was originally built, Appalachian Power said.
A company spokesperson noted in the statement that the line dates back to the 1920s.
The company said that the line rebuild begins at the Barcroft substation located off Winfield Road near Shawnee Estates and travels south, crossing the Kanawha River near Interstate 64 before entering Nitro. The upgrades continue east toward Cross Lanes and end at a transmission tower located off Route 622 near Institute.
Landowners are invited to participate in a virtual open house on the project’s webpage to learn more about the project and provide feedback to the project team, which plans to use that input, as well as comment cards, and additional field work to determine a power line route that minimizes impact on the community and environment.
As noted in a project fact sheet, proposed structures vary depending on the location, with crews planning to rebuild the line primarily using H-frame poles and lattice towers in rural areas, and single poles in urban areas.
Among other things, Appalachian Power said that company representatives expect construction to begin in fall 2021 and conclude by fall 2023.