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Fries - IndependenceTransmission Line Rebuild Project

The Fries-Independence Transmission Line Rebuild Project involves rebuilding approximately 11 miles of electric transmission line, building the proposed Scenic Road Substation and retiring the Fries Substation.

Construction begins early 2025 and concludes by the end of 2026.

Project Updates

1/13/2023: The project team has determined a proposed line route after reviewing land use, environmental impacts and community input following a community open house held in August. Landowners along the proposed route can expect to hear from a representative from O.R. Colan the right-of-way representative on this project.

08/04/22: Appalachian Power representatives invite community members and residents in the project area to learn more and provide input by attending an in-person open house on August 18. There is no formal presentation and landowners may come and go at any time during the two-hour event:

    Thursday, August 18 from 5-7 p.m. at Grayson County High School Cafeteria, 110 Blue Devil Drive, Independence.

Landowners are encouraged to submit their feedback about the project by Monday, August 31. Comments on how this project affects your property or provide special conditions related to your property, you may use the comment form below or call 833-313-3743.

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Project Timeline



Crews plan to rebuild the line using mainly steel H-frames or three-pole structures depending on the route selected and final engineering.

Typical Structure Height: Approximately 85 feet*
Typical Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 100 feet*

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


Virtual Open House Project Fact Sheet Project Map 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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