Saltville - Wolf HillsTransmission Line Rebuild Project

Appalachian Power representatives plan upgrades to the transmission system in Washington and Smyth counties in Virginia. The Saltville-Wolf Hills Transmission Line Rebuild Project involves rebuilding about 27 miles of 138-kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line and upgrading several substations in the area. Construction begins in late 2025 and concludes by late 2027.

Project Updates

July 27, 2023 - Company representatives have determined a proposed power line route. The project team plans to rebuild most of the line near or within our existing right-of-way. Directly-involved property owners can expect to hear about next steps from the right-of-way contractors representing Appalachian Power on this project.  The project team plans to file an application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) in spring 2024. 

January 19, 2023 - The project team invites landowners and community members to attend a public open house to learn more about the project and provide input on route options. Since there is no formal presentation, residents may join the planned event at any time and at a location that is most convenient to them.

In the case of inclement weather, please check the project website for any cancellations or rescheduled open house dates.

Tuesday, Feb 7, 5-7 p.m.
Abingdon Elementary School
19431 Woodland Hills Rd
Abingdon, VA 24210

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5-7 p.m.
Saltville Elementary School
1013 E Main St
Saltville, VA 24370

Project Releases


Project Timeline



Most of the existing line consists of lattice towers. Crews plan to rebuild the line using steel lattice towers and single poles.

Proposed Structure Height: Approximately 80-130 feet*
Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 100 feet*

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

Virginia State Corporation Commission Approval Process

Virginia State Corporation Commission Approval Process (PDF)


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.

Nicole Hodges

Project Outreach Specialist

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