AEP Ohio representatives plan to upgrade the electric transmission network serving customers in Tuscarawas and Carroll counties. The Zoarville-Atwood Transmission Line Improvements project involves rebuilding 8 miles of 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, building 7 miles of 69-kV power line, retiring 6 miles of power line and upgrading three substations.
Improvements to the 1950s power line replaces deteriorating wooden poles with modern steel poles. An upgrade to modern steel poles reduces the need for frequent power line maintenance and speeds recovery of service when outages occur.
Building a new power line creates a second source of electricity and creates a looped service adding redundancy.
Company representatives plan to evaluate possible study segments to help determine the location of the new power line. Input from the community helps determine the location of the final line route.
Study segments are multiple alternatives presented to determine a line route. Company representatives do not build all route options, but rather they select one route to build based on public feedback and feasibility.
AEP representatives invite the community to attend an in-person open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, at the Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School cafeteria located at 777 3rd Street in New Philadelphia. 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 project and proposed route options.
If you're experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or feeling unwell, you may visit the virtual open house to access information, view an interactive map, enter our virtual open house and submit comments through a "Contact Us" link.
Please share your input by Tuesday, July 21.
This project involves the use of steel H-frames.
Pole Height: 75 feet
Right-of-Way Width: 100 feet
*Exact structure, height, and right-of-way requirements may vary.