Appalachian Power plans to strengthen the transmission grid in Logan and Boone counties by upgrading the electrical system.
The Blair - Danville Transmission Improvements Project consists of rebuilding about 14 miles of an existing transmission line to ensure reliable service to customers. Most of the rebuild will require new right-of-way. Once the new line is complete, the existing line will be retired. Construction is currently underway.
08/01/2023: Transmission line construction is underway between the Hopkins and Hewitt substations and is expected to conclude by the end of the year. Transmission line construction between the Hewitt and Sharples substations is expected to begin 2024.
12/02/2020: Right-of-way agents are currently acquiring easements for the project. Crews have begun clearing trees and building access roads only where we have acquired easements. Transmission line construction is expected to begin summer 2021, and all work is expected to conclude by spring 2022.
7/23/19: Crews are currently clearing trees and building access roads. Transmission line construction is expected to begin this fall. The new line is expected to be complete the fall of 2020.
10/15/18: Crews have begun clearing trees and building access roads in areas where easements have been acquired.
4/20/2018: Appalachian Power has determined a proposed line route for the Blair - Danville Transmission Improvements Project. Appalachian Power right-of-way representatives from O.R. Colan will start the process of reaching out to directly involved landowners to discuss upcoming activities.
2/13/2018: Appalachian Power held an open house at Ramage Elementary School to introduce study segments, answer questions related to the project and gather feedback from the community.
Project Map (PDF)
Proposed structures will vary depending on location. The average height of structures along the route is 80 feet. Appalachian Power is using galvanized steel H-frame structures to replace wood structures.
Average Structure Height: 80 feet
Proposed Structure Height: 100 feet
*Exact structure, height and right-of-way may vary