RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Appalachian Power and its affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Company Inc., will host an open house next month to seek public input on proposed transmission upgrades in Raleigh County.
The Crab Orchard Area Improvements Project is an approximate $12 million investment that includes building 2 miles of 138-kilovolt transmission line and a substation. The upgrades will improve electric service reliability for existing customers and allow for continued growth in the region.
“The Beckley area has experienced significant economic growth in recent years,” said Phil Moye, Appalachian Power spokesperson. “The work we are proposing addresses the area’s growing electric needs while reinforcing our existing system and reducing the likelihood of customer outages.”
Appalachian Power has developed study segments for the power line route. Study segments are alternatives to review to determine a final line route. Study segments start at the proposed substation site at the intersection of Cleveland School Road and Old Eccles Road just west of Beckley. The study segments exit the substation to the west and continue for about 2 miles before connecting to an existing transmission line. The company will need to acquire an approximate 100-foot-wide right-of-way from landowners before beginning construction.
The company will seek input during a public open house to help determine a route for the new line. The open house is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Mabscott Elementary School, located at 104 Pershing Street in Mabscott. There will be no formal presentation. Attendees can come and go at any time during the two-hour event.
“The open house is a vital step in the process that allows community members an opportunity to speak directly with the project team,” Moye said. “Information gathered at this event will help us determine a route that minimizes impacts to the community and the environment.”
After a route is selected, directly-involved landowners will be notified and informed of next steps. Construction is expected to start in the fall of 2019 and be completed by the end of 2020.
Additional information about the project, including maps, a timeline and updates are available atwww.AppalachianPower.com/CrabOrchard