AEP Ohio representatives plan to upgrade the electric transmission network serving customers in Tuscarawas and Carroll counties. The Zoarville-Atwood Transmission Line Improvements project involves rebuilding 8 miles of 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, building 7 miles of 69-kV power line, retiring 6 miles of power line and upgrading three substations.
Improvements to the 1950s power line replaces deteriorating wooden poles with modern steel poles. An upgrade to modern steel poles reduces the need for frequent power line maintenance and speeds recovery of service when outages occur.
Building a new power line creates a second source of electricity and creates a looped service adding redundancy.
Company representatives plan to evaluate possible study segments to help determine the location of the new power line. Input from the community helps determine the location of the final line route.
Study segments are multiple alternatives presented to determine a line route. Company representatives do not build all route options, but rather they select one route to build based on public feedback and feasibility.
Early 2024: Following a public open house in summer 2022, AEP Ohio representatives continue to evaluate possible study segments to determine a location of the final line route.
AEP Ohio officials regularly review and adjust power grid improvements and project schedules to maximize customer benefit. Schedule adjustments are currently ongoing to allow us to invest in areas of the project grid with the most significant near-term needs. We plan to update landowners on schedule changes when information becomes available.
This project involves the use of steel H-frames.
Pole Height: 75 feet
Right-of-Way Width: 100 feet
*Exact structure, height, and right-of-way requirements may vary.