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Bland Area Improvements Project

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.

Project Updates

Line construction is currently underway between Town Creek and South Bluefield Substation. Access roads are also under construction on this section of line. From Town Creek to Progress Park Substation right-of-way acquisition is underway. The entire project is expected to be in-service by the end of 2018.

Application to the Virginia State Corporation Commission

News Releases

Maps

Fact Sheet

Timeline


Photo Simulations

* Photo simulations are to provide a generalized depiction of typical AEP facilities. The final design and location of the structures and the final line route may vary from what is illustrated. 

View Looking North


View Looking West


* 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.

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Bland County Recreation Fields  •  Date: 3/10/2015  •  Time: 2:15 PM  •  View Direction: North
The photo simulation in an approximation; final engineering and construction details are not complete. It is the best approximation available with given data and conditions.
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Grapefield Road Residential Area  •  Date: 3/10/2015  •  Time: 2:35 PM  •  View Direction: West
The visual simulation is an approximation; final engineering and construction details are not complete. It is the best approximation available with given data and conditions.