Appalachian Power announces $6 million upgrade for Franklin County

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FRANKLIN CO., Va. (WDBJ7) Appalachian Power announced a $6 million project Thursday to update its local electric system for customers in Franklin County.

The Redwood Substation project will help reduce the possibility of extended power outages and serves as an upgrade to the existing system, Appalachian Power says. The project will replace four miles of distribution line.

Appalachian Power wanted to improve the electrical system because of extreme weather conditions from the last two winters. The old equipment has taken a toll due to severe weather.

The Redwood Substation is planned to be built near the intersection of Powells Store Road and Webster Road. The company will also build about 600 feet of transmission line and two transmission structures to connect the substation to an existing transmission line.

The 60-year-old Glade Hill Substation will be retired and removed after the Redwood Substation is in service.

Appalachian Power needs local approval for the substation. If received, construction is expected to begin the fall of 2016 and finish by the end of 2017. The Redwood Substation project is estimated to add approximately $20,000 in taxes annually to Franklin County.

The Redwood Substation project is part of the $650 million investment in Appalachian Power upgrades in southwestern Virginia.