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Martinsville Bulletin: Transmission project moves forward for Commonwealth Crossing

Martinsville Bulletin: Transmission project moves forward for Commonwealth Crossing

February 23, 2017

By Mickey Powell

RIDGEWAY – Appalachian Power on Wednesday announced plans for a new transmission line project intended to help Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre attract industries.

The project involves adding about five miles of 138-kilovolt line south of Martinsville to connect with the electric utility’s existing Fieldale-Dan River transmission line west of Joseph Martin Road, said John Shepelwich, the company’s corporate communications manager.

Shepelwich said the planned line will supply enough electricity to handle the needs of companies with advanced manufacturing processes.

Construction of the line is to start as soon as a company firmly commits to locating in Commonwealth Crossing and should take about 18 months to finish, he said.

Appalachian announced preliminary study segments of the project last September. A public meeting was held so landowners and other area residents could comment on the project. Company employees then worked with landowners to develop the planned line’s exact route, according to Shepelwich.

“Landowner interaction is extremely valuable in our process” of establishing transmission line routes, Appalachian Project Manager Charity Kreher said. “With the community’s help, we were able to choose a route that minimizes impact on the environment and the local area.”

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