American Electric Power’s (AEP) Appalachian Power on Jan. 28 said that it and its affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Co., Inc., plan to upgrade the power grid serving customers in Raleigh and Wyoming counties in West Virginia through the Trap Hill Area Transmission Line Project.
The project involves building about six miles of electric transmission line in Raleigh County; making upgrades to three existing electrical stations in Raleigh County; and building a new electrical station in Wyoming County.
As noted in a project fact sheet, the new station is called the Crany Road station.
The fact sheet also noted that the existing Bradley-Dameron transmission line, which is more than 40 years old, serves as the only power source in the area.
The company said in its statement that the project provides an additional power source and allows crews to conduct maintenance work without having to interrupt service to customers for extended periods of time.
The project also allows crews to replace equipment from the 1920s inside the company’s Dameron, Trap Hill, and Bolt electrical stations located in Raleigh County, Appalachian Power said, adding that the stations have experienced several malfunctions in recent years and are difficult to maintain due to outdated equipment.
Several route options are under evaluation for the new transmission line, which begins at the Dameron station located off McGinnis Cemetery Road near Beckley, and continues south through Glen Daniel, crossing Harper Road and ending at the Bolt station located off Adkins Lane in Lester.
The company added that landowners are invited to attend a virtual open house at AppalachianPower.com/TrapHill to learn more about the project, as well as to provide feedback to the project team.
Landowners within the project area can expect to receive a packet in the mail that includes additional project details and a comment card that they can return with their feedback, the company said, noting that the project team plans to use input from the virtual open house, the comment cards, and additional field work to determine a power line route that minimizes impact on the community and environment.
According to the project schedule, construction on the project would begin in June 2022, and the project would be in service in March 2024.