Dearington - Rivermont Transmission Project

    Appalachian Power plans to invest $20 million to upgrade the power grid in Lynchburg.

    The Dearington - Rivermont Transmission Project includes making upgrades to the existing transmission grid to reduce the likelihood of outages to customers.

    Upgrading the existing infrastructure with modern structures will build a robust transmission system capable of handling continued economic growth in the area.

    The majority of the work will take place within or adjacent to the existing utility easements.

    Project Updates

    11/12/20 - Crews have completed the first phase of the project, which involved rebuilding thesection of power line between Reusens Substation and the Peakland Switch Station. Crews plan to begin the second phase this fall, which involves tree clearing between the Peakland Switch Station and the Rivermont Substation. Transmission line construction for this section begins early next year. Company representatives expect to announce construction dates for the final two phases of the project at a later time.

    06/27/2019 - Appalachian Power's right-of-way contractor, Stantec Consultants, plans to begin working with landowners in the project area in September to discuss supplementing current easements to help ensure the safe construction, operation, and maintenance of the power line. Crews are expected to start rebuilding the line in early 2020 and finish construction in June 2021.

    01/19/2018 - Appalachian Power announced its proposed line route for the Dearington - Rivermont Transmission Project. The proposed route, which will be in or adjacent to existing right-of-way, was determined following an informational open house where the company introduced study segments, shared details and gathered public input. Stantec Consultants, Appalachian Power’s right-of-way contractor, will begin contacting directly-involved property owners later this year to discuss the process of supplementing current easements.

    9/28/2017 - Appalachian Power held an open house at Dearington Elementary School to introduce study segments, answer questions related to the project and gather feedback from the community.


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    Fact Sheet



    Proposed structures will vary depending on location. Current structure types include steel single-circuit and double-circuit monopoles. Average height of structures along route is about 70 feet. The right-of-way will vary in width.

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

    Photo Simulations

    * 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.