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Appalachian Power Co. said it plans to make transmission line upgrades along two different parts of its system in Virginia.

The Reusens-New London Transmission Line rebuild project would replace electric transmission structures along a 12-mile stretch in Lynchburg and Bedford counties. The structures have existed since the 1940s. Work would upgrade and strengthen the transmission system to enhance electric reliability. Upgrades also will bring equipment into compliance with the National Electrical Safety Code.

The Carbondale-Kincaid Transmission Line Rebuild Project involves upgrading approximately 14 miles of transmission line in Fayette County.

APCo’s upgrade project application must be approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission. If approved, construction could start in the summer of 2022 and be completed by the end of 2023. APCo is a business unit of Ohio-based American Electric Power.

Existing wood poles, some of which are around 80 years old, would be replaced with steel poles, according to APCo’s plans. Steel is expected to improve system durability during storms and other events that can disrupt power.

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