Belfry AreaTransmission Line Project

Kentucky Power officials plan to upgrade the electric transmission grid in Pike County.

The project involves:

  • Building 6-8 miles of 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line
  • Retiring approximately 9 miles of 46-kV transmission line
  • Building the Orinoco Substation
  • Retiring the Belfry Substation

Crews plan to install primarily steel H-frames. At certain points, crews could use Lattice towers and three-pole structures with guy wire. Installing modern equipment and upgrading facilities reduces the need for frequent equipment maintenance and improves electric service reliability by providing a second source of power to customers served by the New Camp Substation.

Construction is expected to begin in September 2024 and conclude by late 2025.

Project Updates

7/28/23: Kentucky Power re-filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Kentucky in June seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing construction of the Belfry Area Transmission Line Project.

11/28/22: Kentucky Power representatives selected a proposed line route and filed an application with the Public Service Commission in September. Pending approval, construction is expected to begin spring of 2023.

01/31/22: Kentucky Power representatives are still working to determine a proposed line route. The project team is currently reviewing input from landowners.

October 2021: Please click on this link to view a recording of a virtual town hall event that took place September 9 for the Belfry Area Transmission Line Project: Belfry Area Live Virtual Town Hall

August 2021: Kentucky Power representatives announced the Belfry Area Transmission Line Project. We invite you to review this website and enter our virtual open house to learn more and share your feedback. The virtual open house complies with physical distancing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during COVID-19. Please use Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari internet browsers for the best user experience. You may submit comments and questions about the project through the contact form on the bottom of this page. Please share your input by Thursday, September 23.

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Crews plan to install primarily H-frames. At certain points, crews could use Lattice towers and three-pole structures with guy wire.

Typical Structure Height: Approximately 80-100 feet*
Typical Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 100 feet*

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

Project Maps

Please note that these maps are preliminary and do not reflect any final power line route decisions.


Step 1: Below is an Overview Map that displays the entire project area. Please use the Overview Map to find the general location of your property.


Step 2: Each outlined area on the Overview Map represents a single, numbered Map Page that shows that section in greater detail. Visit the appropriate Map Page below for your area.



Virtual Open House Project Fact Sheet Access Roads Field Activities

Kentucky Power serves approximately 163,000 customers in eastern Kentucky.

Cortney Mustard

Project Outreach Specialist

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