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Dearington - RivermontTransmission 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

07/19/2021: Excavation activities are set to begin along Morgan Street, Caroline Street and Garland Street to prepare for foundation and steel pole installation along the power line route. Residents in the city of Lynchburg can expect road shoulder closures and signage during construction on the following dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 21: Corner of 3rd Street and Morgan Street, and along Morgan Street from 3rd Street to Caroline Street
  • Wednesday, July 21 through Friday, July 23, and Monday, July 26: Along Caroline Street from Morgan Street to Chamber Street
  • Monday, July 26 through Wednesday, July 28: Along Garland Street from Taylor Street to Federal Street

11/12/2020: 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.

Project Releases

News Release - July 19, 2021 (PDF)

News Release - January 19, 2018 (PDF)

News Release - September 14, 2017 (PDF)


Project Map (PDF)

Photo Simulations

Visual Simulation of Caroline Street (PDF)

Visual Simulation of Columbia Street (PDF)

Visual Simulation of Point of Honor Trail (PDF)


Project Timeline



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


Project Fact Sheet Access Roads Field Activities

Appalachian Power serves approximately 1 million customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee.

Cortney Mustard

Project Outreach Specialist, Sr.

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