Garrett Area Transmission Line Project

    Kentucky Power officials plan to upgrade the electric transmission grid in Floyd and Knott counties.

    The project involves:

    • Building about 15 miles of 138-kV transmission line
    • Building the Eastern Substation
    • Expanding the Garrett Substation
    • Making upgrades at the Hays Branch, Saltlick and Soft Shell substations

    This project allows crews to retire approximately 25 miles of transmission line that includes deteriorating wooden poles from the 1920s and 1940s. The existing line has experienced multiple power outages in recent years.

    We are committed to keeping you informed about this project while also keeping customers and employees safe and healthy during COVID-19. Please review the information on this website and click on the virtual open house button at the right to learn more about the project. We also invite you to view our project maps and interactive map above. You may submit comments on the interactive map using the red "Submit a Comment" button. Please use Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari internet browsers for the best user experience. You may also submit comments and questions about the project through the "Contact Us" link on this page.

    We are accepting feedback through Monday, April 19. We welcome and encourage your feedback, particularly on possible route options for the 15 miles of new power line.

    Project Updates

    June 2021: Kentucky Power representatives have determined a proposed power line route to build the line and plan to submit an application to the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) in September seeking approval for the project. The project team plans to acquire new easement rights for the approximate 15 miles of 138-kilovolt transmission line. The project team determined the proposed route after reviewing future land use, environmental impacts and input gathered through landowner feedback, virtual community open houses, and landowner meetings.

    April 2021: Please click on this link to view a recording of a virtual town hall event that took place April 1 for the Garrett Area Transmission Line Project: Garrett Area Live Virtual Town Hall

    March 2021: Kentucky Power representatives announced the Garrett Area Transmission Line Project. We invite you to review this website and enter our virtual open house to learn more and share your input, particularly on possible route options for the 15 miles of new power line. The virtual open house complies with physical distancing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during COVID-19. Share feedback using the red "Submit a Comment" button on the interactive map above (please use Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari internet browsers for the best user experience), or share comments and questions through the "Contact Us" link. Please share your input by Monday, April 19.

    Project Releases

    Fact Sheet



    Crews plan to build the transmission line using a combination of structures such as steel H-frame poles, lattice towers and three-pole structures.

    • Structure Height: Approximately 85 feet*
    • Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 100 feet*

    At Kentucky Power, we are committed to meeting the energy needs of customers while protecting the environment and natural beauty of the region.

    *Exact structure, height and right-of-way requirements 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.