AEP to begin improvement project in Jackson County

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JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) If an Appalachian Power project goes according to plan, the new year will bring more reliable service for customers in Jackson County, West Virginia.

Crews will start work Jan. 1 on a $60 million investment called the Ravenswood area improvement project.

According to Mark Whitley of the Jackson County Development Authority, crews will focus on rebuilding structures that have been in place for 70-plus years. The goal is to replace approximately 30 miles of 69-kilvolt transmission line.

Whitley said the project will reduce the likelihood of extended outages and decrease restoration times when outages do occur.

"This is a very important project for residents and businesses in the Jackson County especially at the Maritime and Industrial Park and Constellium plant," Whitley said.

He said AEP will also extend 3-Phase power to parts of Ravenswood and Millwood, making the areas more attractive for development.

"Appalachian Power's priority is providing our customers with reliable service at an affordable price," Appalachian Power spokesperson Phil Moye said.

"The work AEP's doing in Jackson County will reinforce their transmission system while preparing the power grid to help support the growth that Jackson County is experiencing and for future growth that's projected," Whitley said.

More than 200 construction workers will be needed over the course of the project, officials said.

The work is expected to be completed by 2022.