HernshawArea Improvements Project

Appalachian Power representatives plan to increase electric reliability by making upgrades in Kanawha County in West Virginia.

The Hernshaw Area Improvements Project involves building approximately 4 miles of electric transmission line and expanding a substation. Company representatives expect construction to begin fall 2023 and conclude by late 2024.

Project Updates

03/07/23: A majority of construction has been completed. Construction is on hold until fall 2023 to allow company representatives to receive necessary permits and is expected to conclude by late 2024.

01/21/21: The project team has determined a proposed line route after reviewing input from landowners and community members. In the coming months, landowners along the line route can expect to hear from the right-of-way contractor representing Appalachian Power. 

10/27/20: Project representatives encourage landowners to submit their feedback about the project by Friday, November 20. To provide comments on how this project affects your property or to provide special conditions related to your property, please visit the "Contact Us" page above or call 833-313-3743.

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Project Timeline



Crews plan to build the power line primarily using steel towers.

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

Structure Height: Approximately 140 feet*
Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 100 feet*

* 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

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