Planned route for AEP line improvements announced

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Appalachian Power has announced its proposed transmission line route for the Glendale Area Improvements Project that is planned in Carroll and Wythe counties. The electric utility plans to invest $40 million on the project, which will include three miles of transmission line and a substation.

The route was determined after a review of future land use, environmental impacts, and input gathered from property owners during a community open house in August, a news release from AEP stated.

“Information shared by landowners and community members at the open house guided our decision-making process,” Amanda Cox, external affairs manager for AEP, said in the release. “The selected route will increase electric service reliability for our customers while minimizing impact on the environment and community.”

An existing transmission line and substation will be removed as part of the construction, the release added.

The proposed line route begins at a substation off Glendale Road in Galax. From there, the route will run north, crossing Creekview Drive and continue for about a mile before connecting to an existing transmission line.

The project aims to reduce power outages during high-demand periods, the release stated.

“Appalachian Power has a responsibility to provide our customers with continued reliable electric service at an affordable price,” Cox said in the release. “The work we are proposing bolsters our transmission system to handle customer power needs during extreme winter weather.”

AEP will ask the Virginia State Corporation Commission to review and approve the project in December. Construction could begin in early 2020, according to the release.

Additional information about this project, including an interactive map showing the proposed line route, is available at AppalachianPower.com/Glendale.