Washington CountyImprovements Project: South Abingdon - Arrowhead

Appalachian Power representatives plan upgrades to the electric transmission grid in Washington County. The Washington County Improvements Project: South Abingdon-Arrowhead involves building approximately 6.5 miles of 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line and upgrading three substations.

Company representatives previously announced this project and hosted an open house in September 2015 before placing the project on hold. After resuming the project last year, the project team reviewed landowner feedback and conducted additional route reviews to determine a proposed route for the power line. The team now seeks feedback on the proposed route. Construction begins spring 2024 and concludes spring 2025.

Project Updates

2/27/2024: Crews plan to begin clearing trees and building access roads in March to prepare for construction. Crews plan to begin transmission line construction this spring.

11/2/2023: Crews plan to begin construction next spring and conclude by spring 2025.

2/3/2022: Right-of-way representatives continue to work with landowners impacted by the proposed route. Crews plan to begin field surveys in the coming months.

05/12/21: Appalachian Power representatives have announced a proposed route for the transmission line. 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. We encourage you to submit your feedback about the project by Friday, June 11.

Project Releases


Project Map (PDF)


Project Timeline



Crews plan to build the power line primarily using steel H-frame poles.

Structure Height: Approximately 95 feet*
Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 100 feet*

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.

Cortney Mustard

Project Outreach Specialist, Sr.

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