Appalachian Power Company

09/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/10/2019 10:56

Appalachian Power enters final phase of transmission line project in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Sept. 10, 2019 - Appalachian Power has begun the final phase of construction for the Charleston Area Improvements Project, a $110 million investment to ensure electric reliability in the area.

This final phase involves upgrading the company's transmission line beginning near Wertz Avenue and continuing southeast toward Oakridge Road. Work will continue south, crossing Interstate 64/77 and the Kanawha River. Crews begin construction on the section across Interstate 64/77 and the river Monday, Sept. 23.

The company plans to use a helicopter to assist with wire installation across the interstate and river. Helicopter work takes place Sunday mornings from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and continues four consecutive weekends, depending on weather and other factors.

Appalachian Power plans to work with the West Virginia Division of Highways to maintain public safety during construction. Travelers can expect the following starting Sept. 23:

  • Occasional traffic delays on Interstate 64/77 in the 35th Street Bridge area during helicopter use
  • Temporary lane closures on Kanawha Boulevard/Route 60
  • Flaggers located on affected roads
  • Limited access on the Kanawha River and nearby railways

Appalachian Power expects to conclude the power line upgrade by the end of November. After upgrading the power line the company plans to remove a separate, temporary power line located between Brooks Street and Washington Street substations. The company expects to finish removing this line by the end of the year.

When complete, the work will increase reliability to customers while providing a robust network capable of handling future growth in the Charleston area.

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Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric companies in the United States. AEP is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to customers. AEP's more than 18,000 employees operate and maintain the nation's largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation's largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,340 megawatts of renewable energy.