Crews work on electric reliability project

April 1, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Appalachian Power crews installed wire on new transmission facilities Sunday along 3rd Avenue. The work is intended to increase electric reliability for its customers, the company said in a news release.

Crews will work Sunday, April 7, along 5th Avenue, according to the release.

The upgrades are part of Appalachian Power’s Huntington Area Improvements Project, an approximately $25 million investment to relieve stress on the transmission system and reduce the likelihood of extended power outages.

In January, Appalachian Power spokesman Phil Moye said the wire pulls involve large spools on either end of the pull, and trucks and equipment in places where the line crosses roads to ensure public safety.

Transmission line construction started in fall 2018 and should be completed in the summer of 2019, with the substation upgrades beginning in the fall of 2019.

Moye said currently much of downtown Huntington and the Marshall University campus is served by the East Huntington substation, which receives power at 138 kilovolts (kV) from the North Proctorville substation across the Ohio River.

“The Huntington Area project will bring a second 138kV source into the East Huntington substation from the West Virginia side, which will reduce the frequency and duration of transmission-related outages on the Marshall University campus and in downtown Huntington,” he said.

For more information about the project, visit https://aeptransmission.com/westvirginia/Huntington/index.php.