Power grid upgrades are under way to strengthen the electric system in Monroe, Noble and Washington counties. AEP Ohio and local electric cooperatives are coordinating efforts on the Southeast Ohio Area Improvements Project. The approximate $250 million investment by AEP Ohio involves building 55 miles of power line, building three substations and upgrading other electrical facilities to increase service reliability and support economic growth.
The Bell Ridge – Devola 138-kV Transmission Line Project is part of the multi-phase Southeast Ohio Area Improvements Project. This phase involves building approximately 10 miles of power line between the Bell Ridge and Devola substations.
Early 2020: Construction is anticipated to start in late 2020 with tree clearing. Roads will then be built to access the project area. Construction of the power line will begin in Fall 2020 and is anticipated to be completed in Fall 2021.
The project will use steel, h-frame structures that will be placed in an approximate 100-foot wide right-of-way corridor.
* Exact structure, height and right-of-way may vary