American Electric Power’s AEP Ohio on June 15 said that it plans to upgrade the electric transmission grid serving customers in Meigs County through the Hemlock-Bryson Transmission Line Project, which includes building about four miles of 69-kV power line between the Hemlock substation and Bryson switch.
The project also involves upgrading the Hemlock substation at the intersection of Abbot Road and Rocksprings Road, as well as installing the Bryson switch at the intersection of U.S. Route 33 and Rocksprings Road.
As noted in a project fact sheet, the project area is Meigs County, Pomeroy, Hemlock, and Darwin. AEP Ohio plans to build single steel poles, the fact sheet noted, adding that the structure height ranges from 85 to 100 feet, with the right of way (ROW) being 100 feet wide.
The company said in its statement that the line and Bryson switch provide electric service to Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s Darwin substation, which is located in Darwin. Those upgrades to the local transmission system improve operational performance and provide additional electric reliability to the area, AEP Ohio said.
Noting that its representatives are evaluating route options for the line, the company said that landowners and community members are invited to a virtual open house to learn more about the project and provide feedback. Individuals may access project information, view an interactive map, enter the virtual open house, and submit comments through the “Contact Us” link by June 30 on the project’s webpage, the company said.
AEP Ohio said that it expects project construction to begin in fall 2022 and conclude in spring 2023.