American Electric Power’s (AEP) Appalachian Power on March 17 said that it plans to upgrade the electric transmission system serving customers in Henry County, Va., by upgrading about 15 miles of transmission line as part of the Fieldale-Ridgeway Transmission Line Rebuild Project.
The project would involve replacing deteriorating 1940s wooden poles with steel poles, the company said, adding that the upgrades would replace equipment that resulted in multiple service interruptions for customers south of Fieldale down to the Virginia-North Carolina border, and east of Ridgeway toward Sandy Level.
As noted in a project fact sheet, the structure height is about 90 feet tall and the right of way (ROW) width is about 100 feet wide.
The company said that it plans to rebuild the line in or near the existing ROW, with the line beginning at the Fieldale substation along Appalachian Drive and exiting the substation to the east. The line travels south, crosses Route 220 at two separate locations, and travels through the Sheffield substation off Joseph Martin Highway, the company said, adding that the upgrades continue through the Ridgeway substation on Old Mill Road and conclude at a structure near the Virginia-North Carolina border.
The company said that landowners are invited to a virtual open house at AppalachianPower.com/Fieldale-Ridgeway to learn more about the project and provide feedback to the project team. Landowners in 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 by mail with their feedback, the company said.
Appalachian Power said that it plans to file an application this fall with the Virginia State Corporation Commission seeking approval for the project, and if the project is approved, then construction is expected to begin in fall 2023 and conclude in summer 2025.