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APCo to upgrade infrastructure in western Virginia

Tuesday - 2/11/2014, 10:00am  ET

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- Appalachian Power is planning a $50 million upgrade of electric transmission structure in Tazewell and Buchanan counties.

The company says in a news release that the project includes a new substation in Buchanan County and improvements at three existing substations in Tazewell County.

The project also includes about 8 miles of new 138-kilovolt transmission line in the counties. About eight-and-a-half miles of an existing 69 kilovolt line in Tazewell County will be upgraded to 138 kilovolts, along with about three-and-a-half miles of the line in West Virginia.

Wood H-frame tower structures will be replaced with steel structures.

The project is expected to be completed in 2017, pending approval by Virginia regulators.

Informational workshops are scheduled Feb. 24 at Tazewell Middle School and Feb. 25 at Richlands High School.

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