MyraSubstation and Transmission Line Project

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

The project involves:

  • Building approximately 3 miles of 138-kV transmission line to the Myra Substation
  • Constructing the new 138-kV Myra Substation
  • Retiring approximately 10.5 miles of 46-kV transmission line
  • Retiring the 46-kV Elwood Substation
  • Acquiring new easements for the safe operation of the power line

The project allows crews to retire transmission line that dates back to the 1930s. The existing line has experienced multiple power outages in recent years.

The project allows crews to retire the Elwood Substation due to:

  • Outdated and damaged equipment
  • Lack of spare part availability

The proposed project upgrades increase electric reliability for area customers and strengthen the local electric system.

We are committed to keeping you informed about this project. 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. 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 Us" link on this page.

We are accepting feedback through Wednesday, January 4. We welcome and encourage your feedback.

Project Updates

November 2022: Kentucky Power representatives announced the Myra Substation and Transmission Line Project. We will host an in-person open house in your area to provide an opportunity for residents to meet and talk with project representatives. Since there is no formal presentation, residents may join the planned event at any time.

    Tuesday, December 6, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Shelby Valley High School Student Center
    125 Douglas Pkwy, Pikeville, KY 41501

Also, we invite you to review this website and enter our virtual open house to learn more and share your feedback. For the virtual open house, 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 Us" link on this page. Please share your input by Wednesday, January 4.

Project Releases


Project Timeline



Crews plan to install a substation and steel lattice towers along the line route.

Typical Structure Height: Approximately 125 feet*
Typical Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 100 feet*
Typical Substation Height: Approximately 50 feet*

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



Substations serve as electrical intersections directing the flow of electricity and either decrease or increase voltage levels for transport. Substations transform 69-kV and 138-kV electricity into lower distribution level voltages such as 34.5-kV, 12-kV, or 7.2-kV.

*Substation shown is a general depiction of the proposed facilities for the project. It does not represent final design.

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 172,000 customers in eastern Kentucky.

Ryan Howell

Right-of-Way Agent

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