American Electric Power’s (AEP) Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) on Aug. 14 said that its crews will begin rebuilding the second half of a 69-kV, 11-mile transmission line in the Texarkana area in Texas this month.
This five-mile section stretches from the intersection of West 39th and Walnut streets in northeast Texarkana to the intersection of Summerhill Road and Clear Creek Drive, the company said, noting that that work is the third phase of the $27m, four-phase Texarkana Area Transmission Improvements project that is designed to update aging infrastructure, strengthen the power grid, as well as help reduce the number and duration of outages in the Texarkana area. Construction on this phase will start this month and conclude in spring 2021, with the full project completed in summer 2021, SWEPCO said.
The project entails replacing 70-year-old wooden poles with new steel poles and power cable, the company said, adding that it is strengthening the local power grid through other infrastructure projects, including:
- Rehabilitating a distribution power line that feeds to Washington, Ark., with crews replacing utility poles, cross arms, and insulators; the project will be complete by the end of the year
- Trimming trees away from distribution power lines near the Red River Army Depot west of Texarkana in Bowie County, with crews identifying locations where trees need to be trimmed; the project will be complete by October
- Replacing aging equipment on a transmission line serving the cities of DeQueen and Ashdown in Arkansas
Noting that it is limiting in-person interactions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SWEPCO said that the public should visit SWEPCO.com/TexarkanaAreaImprovements to view a virtual open house and submit comments.
Construction on the Texarkana Area Transmission Improvements project began in 2019, SWEPCO said, adding that the project’s phases include:
- Phase 1: Work on that phase began and ended in fall 2019 on a 1.5-mile section of line between West New Boston Road and an area slightly northwest of the Hughes Road and Arnold Lane intersection
- Phase 2: Work on that phase is wrapping up on a three-mile section between an area just south of Arnold Lane and Gin Road south of Richmond Road
- Phase 3: Work on this phase is beginning this month to upgrade the five-mile section between the intersection of West 39th and Walnut streets and the Summerhill Road and Clear Creek Drive intersection
- Phase 4: Work on that phase will begin in early 2021 and includes the final 1.5-mile section of line between an area of Clear Creek and Summerhill Road and Gin Road with construction concluding by summer 2021
As noted on a project fact sheet, the typical structure height in residential areas north of I-30 is about 75 feet, while typical structure height from 39th Street – I-30 is about 100 feet.