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Rouse-Bell Ridge 138kV Transmission Line Project

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.

Project Updates

In January 2018, AEP Ohio Transco filed an application with the Ohio Power Siting Board requesting permission to construct this project. The OPSB will review the Application prior to setting dates for public hearings.

Project Releases

Fact Sheet




Proposed Structures

AEP Ohio will build new steel, single pole structures that will be about 90-feet tall. The structures will be placed in the center of an approximate 100-foot wide right-of-way corridor.

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

* The accompanying map depicts the project area. It should be noted that the map contained on this site is for information purposes only. AEP reserves the right to alter, change, or amend the map at any time without notice and AEP provides no warranty about the accuracy of content. Keep this in mind when reviewing this map. However, AEP will make all attempts to keep this map as accurate as possible. If you have any questions about the accuracy of the current map please Contact Us.