AEP Ohio plans to improve the reliability of the electric transmission grid in Madison and Pickaway counties. The Pickaway – Madison Area Improvements is a two-phase project that brings an additional power source and upgrades existing transmission equipment to provide a reliable flow of electricity to its customers. The first phase includes building about 7 miles of 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line. The second phase includes rebuilding about 26 miles of 69 kV transmission line. The projected costs of the upgrades are approximately $50 million.
The first phase includes building about 7 miles of transmission line to provide another source of power and improve reliability in the area. Once the new line is complete, AEP Ohio will begin the second phase which involves rebuilding the existing 26-mile transmission line. The existing line will be constructed in the company’s current right-of-way.
The project will be located in Pleasant Township in Madison County and Darby, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Scioto and Harrison townships in Pickaway County. The projected costs of the upgrades are approximately $50 million.
Summer 2023: AEP Ohio representatives started phase one construction in early 2020 and expect to finish later this year. Once complete, crews can start construction on the next phase. Contract Land Staff (CLS), the right-of-way contractor for the project, continues to work with affected landowners during construction.
Early 2020: The project is currently under construction. Crews and contractors may be walking or using various equipment throughout the construction process. Contract Land Staff, the right-of-way contractor for the project, will continue to contact affected landowners to discuss upcoming project activities.
Phase 1: Construction began in early 2020 and concludes fall 2023. Restoration activities to occur in spring 2024.
Phase 2: Construction begins early 2024 and concludes late 2025. Restoration activities to occur spring 2026.
Proposed structures will vary depending on location. The project will use several structure types including steel single pole and H-frame structures that will be about 85-feet tall. The structures will be placed in the center of an approximate 60-foot wide right-of-way corridor.
* Exact structure, height and right-of-way may vary