Lynchburg, VA - Appalachian Power announced its preliminary preferred route for a $32 million electric upgrade that serves Lynchburg and parts of Campbell County.
The company announced the reinforcement project for a new 138-kilovolt power line last November.
The project should reduce the likelihood of power interruptions for more than 15,000 customers in the area.
The 9.3-mile preliminary preferred route connects the company's South Lynchburg and Brush Tavern substations to a new Lynbrook Substation in Campbell County.
The project is planned to be in service by the fall of 2017.
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Today Appalachian Power announced its preliminary preferred route for a $32 million electric upgrade that serves Lynchburg and parts of Campbell County. The company announced the reinforcement project in November and after extensive public comment identified its preferred route for the new 138-kilovolt power line.
Later this year Appalachian officials plan to file a request to construct the project with state regulators. The 9.3-mile preliminary preferred route connects the company's South Lynchburg and Brush Tavern substations to a new Lynbrook Substation in Campbell County.
"We've thoroughly evaluated the routing options based on stakeholder input and currently available data," said David Wright, project manager. "As a result, we've identified a route that parallels existing utility and rail infrastructure to the extent possible and best minimizes the impacts of the project. Barring any significant changes, we intend to seek approval to construct the project along this route when we file with our regulators."
Currently a significant, growing amount of load in the south Lynchburg area is served by a radial 69-kV line and a radial 138-kV line. The proposed electrical improvements provide a looped 138-kV service which can provide an alternate feed in the event of a power outage. This will reduce the likelihood of power interruptions for more than 15,000 customers in the area.
The new facilities will primarily be constructed using single pole structures and some H-frame structures that range between 80 and 100 feet in height, and the line will be built on a 100-foot wide right of way. The project is planned to be in service by the fall of 2017.
The preliminary preferred route exits Brush Tavern Substation near the Consolidated Shoe office and proceeds in a southeastern direction crossing Timberlake Road (U.S. Route 460 Business), passes west of the Farfields subdivision, and then runs parallel with U.S. Route 460 Bypass eventually crossing U.S. Route 460 Bypass in the vicinity of the Leesville Road interchange.
After crossing Leesville Road, the route proceeds generally southeastward through wooded and open lands for approximately 1.5 miles. It then turns northeastward where it will connect the new Lynbrook Substation, then continues northeastward until it intersects an existing Appalachian Power transmission line right of way that parallels the Norfolk Southern Railway right of way.
It utilizes this existing transmission right of way for approximately 3.1 miles, passing the Lynchburg Regional Airport, crossing Wards Road (U.S. Route 29), and paralleling Russell Woods Drive before reaching the existing George Street Substation. From the George Street Substation it proceeds northward along an existing electric transmission line right of way for approximately 2.8 miles to the South Lynchburg Substation. Along the way it crosses the Liberty University campus, U.S. Route 460/29, and the Norfolk Southern Railway.
Customers can find more information about the South Lynchburg Area Improvements project, including maps and photos of similar facilities to those proposed, at www.AppalachianPower.com/Lynchburg.