Transmission line upgrade to benefit customers in Fayette and Raleigh Counties

BRADLEY, WV – The public is invited to an open house next month to provide input on routes for a transmission power line project in Fayette and Raleigh counties.

The Bradley – Scarbro Transmission Line Project is an investment by Appalachian Power and its affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Co. Inc. The project includes rebuilding 8 miles of transmission line to 69-kilovolt standards, upgrading two substations and retiring another substation in Mount Hope.

“The Bradley – Scarbro Transmission line is over 100 years old,” said Phil Moye, Appalachian Power spokesperson. “The upgrades use modern equipment, creating a stronger transmission system that will provide continued reliability.”

Plans include rebuilding the line with a larger wire and replacing existing wood poles with steel structures. The planning process has also involved developing study segments. Study segments are alternatives to review to determine a final line route.

The project begins at a substation at the corner of Route 19 and Blue Circle Ranch Road. The study segments travel north into Fayette County, through the City of Mount Hope and continue along Route 19 for 8 miles before ending at transmission structure west of a substation on Scarbro Road.

The public is encouraged to attend the open house to help determine a route for the line. The event takes place Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Hope Housing Authority, 9B Midtown Terrace. There will be no formal presentation. Attendees can come and go at any time.

“Community members can come to learn about the project, ask questions and share concerns,” Moye said. “All of the comments received at the open house are considered when determining a route that minimizes impact on the community and environment.”

After a proposed route is selected, directly involved landowners will receive information about next steps. Construction begins in the fall of next year and is expected to be complete by Summer 2021.

Additional information about the project, including maps, a timeline, and updates are available at AppalachianPower.com/Bradley-Scarbro.

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