The proposed Rouse-Bell Ridge transmission line is part of the overall Southeast Ohio Area Improvements Project. The 23-kilovolt (kV) infrastructure has reached an age where it is in need of rebuild and redesign to improve reliability for customers across the region. Bringing additional power sources into the region will improve electric service reliability.
The Rouse-Bell Ridge transmission line will be built to 138-kV line and connect Rouse Substation in Monroe County to Bell Ridge Substation in Washington County. This project will improve service for customers, decrease power outages and speed service restoration when outages occur.
The Rouse-Bell Ridge line will be about 13 miles long, depending on the route selected. The line will likely run through Bethel and Washington townships in Monroe County and Liberty, Ludlow, Independence and Lawrence townships in Washington County. AEP Ohio anticipates building the new transmission line primarily with single pole, steel structures.
AEP Ohio projects the Bell Ridge-Devola line will be an approximate $20 million investment by the company.
The OPSB granted a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need to construct this project in September. The transmission right-of-way group is currently working to acquire the necessary land and easements for construction. Tree clearing and access road construction is scheduled to start in fall 2019.
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