Rouse - Bell Ridge138-kV Transmission Line Project

Power grid upgrades are under way to strengthen the electric system in Monroe, Noble and Washington counties. AEP Ohio and local electric cooperatives are coordinating efforts on the Southeast Ohio Area Improvements Project. The approximate $250 million investment by AEP Ohio involves building 55 miles of power line, building three substations and upgrading other electrical facilities to increase service reliability and support economic growth.

The Rouse-Bell Ridge 138-kV Transmission Line Project is part of the multi-phase Southeast Ohio Area Improvements Project. This phase involves building approximately 13 miles of power line between the Rouse and Bell Ridge substations.

Project Updates

Early 2020: Construction is anticipated to start in late Spring 2020 with tree clearing. Roads will then be built to access the project area. Construction of the power line route is anticipated to begin in Fall 2020 and is estimated to be completed in early 2021.

Project Releases

Rouse-Bell Ridge OPSB Application Amendment, August 7, 2020 (PDF)

Rouse-Bell Ridge OPSB Application Amendment, June 21, 2019 (PDF)

Rouse-Bell Ridge Project Public Notice (PDF)

News Release, March 14, 2017 (PDF)


Project Timeline



AEP Ohio will build new H-Frame structures that will be about 80-feet tall. The structures will be placed in an approximate 100-foot wide right-of-way corridor.

* Exact structure, height and right-of-way may vary


Property Easements Project Fact Sheet Access Roads Field Activities

AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers.

Kia Clay

Project Outreach Specialist

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