AEP Ohio representatives plan power grid upgrades in eastern Columbus. The project involves updating just under 3 miles of 138-kilovolt (kV) power line by replacing aging wooden poles with single steel, or new wooden poles, and new wire. The existing transmission line connects the company's Astor Substation off Astor Road in Reynoldsburg to the East Broad Street Substation off East Broad Street near McNaughten in Columbus.
Company representatives plan to rebuild the power line in or near the existing right-of-way, which may require acquiring new or updating existing property easements. Easements are property rights that provide the utility with access needed to safely build, operate and maintain its power lines.
* This project requires Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) approval.
Summer 2021: Company representatives announce plans to rebuild the power line in or near its current location while updating, supplementing and obtaining new easements where necessary. Landowners can expect to learn about next steps from a Property ROW right-of-way agent.
Project Map (PDF)
The project involves the use of single steel or wooden poles.Pole Height: 80 feet
* Exact structure, height and right-of-way may vary