West WatertownTransmission Improvements Project

AEP Ohio representatives plan to upgrade the electric transmission network serving customers in Washington County.

The West Watertown Transmission Improvements project involves:

  • Building about 4 miles of 138-kilovolt (kV) power line between AEP West Watertown Substation, located near Reed Road and OH-676, and Washington Electric Co-op Watertown Substation
  • Building about 6 miles of 69-kV power line
  • Removing about 9 miles of transmission facilities
  • Building West Watertown Substation

The project enhances electric service reliability to customers. The area currently receives power from a single source and improvements provide an additional source of electricity. Creating a looped service means if one of the power lines servicing the area experiences an outage, the other power line can continue to serve customers. This reduces power outages and speeds recovery of service when outages occur. The additional source also allows for the retirement of about 9 miles of deteriorating transmission facilities that date back to 1965. A stronger transmission grid benefits the local distribution companies and cooperatives, such as Washington Electric, who receive power from the transmission lines.

Company representatives plan to evaluate study segments in the area. Study segments are multiple alternatives presented to determine a line route. Company representatives do not build all study segments, rather, they select one route to build based on public feedback and feasibility.

This project involves Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) approval for the new 138-kV line between Watertown and West Watertown substations.

Project Updates

Summer 2022: Please join us from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, at Waterford Elementary School Cafeteria located at 19701 State Route 339 in Waterford.. There is no formal presentation, so you can arrive at any time during the event. You can view detailed maps and talk with team members about the proposed study segments.

Please share your input by Monday, August 8.


Project Timeline



The project involves the use of single steel pole and H-frame structures.

Pole Height Range: 60-90 feet
Right-of-Way Width: 100 feet

*Exact structure, height, and right-of-way requirements may vary depending on location, terrain and voltage.


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AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers.


Joe Demaree

Project Outreach Specialist

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