Appalachian Power has announced a project to improve the electric transmission system in and around Fayette County, West Virginia.

Work associated with the project will address voltage, thermal, and reliability issues identified by PJM, an independent regional transmission operator.

The project, which is centered roughly eight miles east of Fayetteville at the existing Brackens Creek Substation, involves constructing approximately nine miles of new 138 kV transmission line and approximately two miles of new 69 kV transmission line; rebuilding and upgrading approximately 14 miles of existing 69 kV transmission line to operate at 138 kV; removing approximately four-and-a-half miles of existing 69 kV line and two existing substation sites; and constructing two new substations.

The company will host an informational public workshop on the project Tuesday, April 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Midland Trail High School.

The school is located along Route 60 East just off Route 19 in Hico. Company officials will be available to gather input and answer questions about the project.

"These upgrades will meet the immediate need to strengthen the grid, and at the same time enhance the reliability of electric service for customers in and around Fayette County," said Charles Patton, Appalachian Power president and chief operating officer. "Upgrading the electric transmission system also positions the region well for growth in the future."

On March 25 an Appalachian Power affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Company, Inc. (WV Transco), filed a request with the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) seeking certification to construct the project.

Pending PSC certification, construction is expected to begin this November and be complete by the end of 2017.