Hillman Highway - SaltvilleTransmission Line Rebuild Project

Appalachian Power representatives plan upgrades to the transmission system in Washington and Smyth counties.

The Hillman Highway-Saltville Transmission Line Rebuild Project involves rebuilding about 20 miles of 69-kilovolt electric transmission line in or near the existing right-of-way.

Project Updates

November 6, 2023: The project is currently on hold. Project team members plan to communicate with impacted landowners when project activities resume.

December 30, 2022: Right-of-way agents are currently working with landowners to acquire necessary easements for the project. Construction is now expected to begin late 2024 and conclude by summer 2027.

February 3, 2022: Right-of-way representatives continue to work with landowners impacted by the proposed route.

November 29, 2021 - The project team has determined a proposed power line route. The interactive map above shows the existing transmission line that crews plan to rebuild in or near the existing right-of-way. Directly impacted landowners can expect to hear about next steps from the right-of-way contractor representing Appalachian Power.

August 2021 - Project representatives encourage landowners to submit their feedback about the project by Friday, September 17. To provide comments on how this project affects your property or to provide special conditions related to your property, please use the comment form below or call 833-313-3743.

Project Releases


Project Map (PDF)


Project Timeline



Crews plan to rebuild the line using steel H-frames and single poles.

Proposed Structure Height: Approximately 75 feet*
Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 60-100 feet*

At Appalachian Power, we are committed to meeting the energy needs of customers while protecting the environment and natural beauty of the region.

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

Project Maps

Please note that these maps are preliminary and do not reflect any final power line route decisions.


Step 1: Below is an Overview Map that displays the entire project area. Please use the Overview Map to find the general location of your property.


Step 2: Each outlined area on the Overview Map represents a single, numbered Map Page that shows that section in greater detail. Visit the appropriate Map Page below for your area.


Property Easements Virtual Open House Project Fact Sheet Access Roads Field Activities

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

Nicole Hodges

Project Outreach Specialist

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