Appalachian Power plans to strengthen its electric transmission grid in southwest Virginia by upgrading the infrastructure in Bland County and surrounding areas.
The existing South-Bluefield – Wythe 69 kilovolt (kV) transmission line was built in 1925. Due to population growth and development in the area, the line needs to be upgraded to ensure continued reliable service to customers. The project includes rebuilding the existing 20 mile transmission line to 138 kV standards, building approximately 6 miles of new 138 kV transmission line and constructing a replacement substation to support local distribution in Bland County. The majority of the work will occur in Bland and Wythe Counties, Va., with about 1 mile of the line extending into Mercer County, W.Va.
The estimated budget for the project is $80 million.
03/14/2019 - The Bland Area Improvements Project is in-service. Crews are still working on restoration efforts of the project area.
10/30/2018 - Appalachian Power is close to wrapping up construction on the Bland Area Improvements Project. Construction crews are currently pulling conductor for the new transmission line. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.
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