Appalachian Power this week announced its proposed line route for the Ravenswood Area Improvements Project.

The route was determined by incorporating public input gathered from landowners and community members at an open house in May.

“The information we gathered at the open house and continued ongoing conversations with landowners is invaluable in our decision-making process,” said Phil Moye, corporate communications manager for Appalachian Power. “Our inclusive process helps determine a line route that increases electric reliability for our customers while minimizing impacts to the environment and community.”

The Ravenswood Area Improvements Project is an estimated $60 million investment in the regional electric transmission grid. The project includes modernizing approximately 30 miles of aging infrastructure in the Ravenswood, Ripley, Cottageville and Letart areas of Jackson and Mason counties to help reduce the likelihood of extended power outages.

The existing transmission grid needs to be updated to increase electric reliability to customers. Replacing the aging infrastructure with modern equipment will reduce outages to customers while decreasing restoration times when outages do occur.

The transmission line rebuild starts in Ripley and travels north for approximately 10 miles toward Ravenswood. Study segments then head west for about 8 miles towards the Jackson County Maritime & Industrial Center. From there, study segments turn south for approximately 3 miles towards Cottageville. The last 7 miles of the rebuild travels west into Mason County to a connection point just west of Sand Hill Road.

Appalachian Power will be using galvanized steel H-frame structures for the single circuit sections and monopole structures for the double circuit sections. Structure height for single-circuit is approximately 75 feet. Structure height for double-circuit is approximately 85 feet. The right-of-way width is approximately 100 feet.

O.R. Colan will serve as Appalachian Power’s right-of-way contractor. Agents will start contacting landowners along the line route. Construction is expected to start in the fall of 2019 and last about two years. Additional information about this project, including an interactive map showing the proposed line route, can be found at appalachianpower.com/ravenswood

Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states.

AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers.