American Electric Power’s Appalachian Power on Oct. 9 said that it plans to upgrade the Reusens-New London Transmission Line Rebuild Project in the city of Lynchburg and Bedford County in Virginia, with the project involving upgrading about 12 miles of transmission line in or near the company’s existing right of way (ROW).
The project also includes upgrading the existing Brush Tavern substation, the company said, noting that the upgrades increase electric reliability and strengthen the transmission system by replacing structures from the 1940s with modern steel poles.
The upgrades would begin at a substation located along Old Trents Ferry Road in Lynchburg, the company said, adding that the line continues south for about 12 miles, crossing Boonsboro Road, Route 501 and Route 221. The rebuild ends at a substation located off Thomas Jefferson Road in Bedford County.
As noted in a project fact sheet, crews plan to rebuild the line in Bedford County using single-circuit steel poles, and double-circuit steel poles in Lynchburg.
The company added that landowners are invited to attend a virtual open house to learn more about the project and provide feedback to the project team. Landowners within the project area can also expect to receive a packet in the mail that includes additional project details and a comment card that they can return by mail with their feedback, Appalachian Power said.
The company said that it plans to file an application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission seeking approval for the project in spring 2021. Appalachian Power noted that if the project receives approval, it expects construction to begin in summer 2022 and conclude by the end of 2023.