HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — On Wednesday morning, Appalachian Power announced plans to upgrade the electric transmission system serving Henry County customers.

According to the statement released by Appalachian Power on Wednesday, March 17, the Fieldale – Ridgeway Transmission Line Rebuild Project involves upgrading approximately 15 miles of transmission line, such as replacing deteriorating wooden poles from the 1940s with steel poles and replacing equipment that resulted in multiple service interruptions for customers south of Fieldale down to the North Carolina border, as well as east of Ridgeway toward Sandy Level.

“The outages have largely affected customers served by the Sheffield and Ridgeway substations
in Henry County,” said George Porter, an Appalachian Power spokesperson. “We expect these upgrades to strengthen the electric system and reduce the likelihood of power outages.”

Company officials say they also plan to rebuild the power line in or near the existing right-of-way.

“The transmission line begins at the Fieldale Substation along Appalachian Drive and exits the substation to the east,” Appalachian Power said. “The line travels south, crosses Route 220 at two separate locations and travels through Sheffield Substation off Joseph Martin Highway. The upgrades continue through Ridgeway Substation on Old Mill Road and conclude at a structure near the Virginia-North Carolina border.”

Landowners are invited to a virtual open house to learn more about the project and provide feedback to the project team.

In addition, according to Appalachian Power, landowners in the project area should expect to receive a packet in the mail with additional project details and a comment card they can mail back with their feedback.

“Gathering input from the community plays a vital role in finalizing plans to rebuild the transmission line,” said Porter. “The virtual open house allows us to gather input from the community, while keeping our employees and customers safe.”

Company representatives say they plan to file a project application with the Virginia State Corporation Commission this fall. If the project is approved, the company expects construction to take place from fall 2023 to summer 2025.

For more information about the Fieldale-Ridgeway Transmission Line Rebuild Project, follow this link or check out the fact sheet and map of the project below: