CarbondaleArea Improvements Project

Appalachian Power plans to make upgrades to the transmission system to increase electric reliability to customers in Fayette and Kanawha counties in West Virginia.

The Carbondale Area Improvements Project consists of rebuilding approximately 16 miles of transmission line and making associated upgrades to additional transmission facilities in the project area.

Construction is currently underway and is projected to be complete by the end of 2020.

Project Updates

03/07/2022: Crews are currently rebuilding the transmission line and plan to complete construction by this summer. Company representatives plan to perform restoration activities through this fall.

07/26/2019: Construction is still on track and projected to be complete by the end of 2020.

10/15/2018: Crews have begun clearing trees and building access roads in areas where easements have been acquired. Construction of the transmission line and upgrades to existing substations are also underway.

03/29/2018: Appalachian Power has determined a proposed line route for the Carbondale Area Improvements Project. Appalachian Power right-of-way representatives O.R. Colan will start the process of reaching out to directly involved landowners to discuss upcoming activities.

01/31/2018: Appalachian Power held an open house at Baisi Athletic Center at the Montgomery YMCA to introduce study segments, answer questions related to the project and gather feedback from the community.

Project Releases

News Release - January 12, 2018 (PDF)


Project Map (PDF)


Project Timeline



Proposed structures will vary depending on location. The average height of structures along the route is 75 feet. Appalachian Power is using galvanized steel H-frame structures to replace wood structures.

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


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

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