Description: Appalachian Power’s (a subsidiary of American Electric Power, or AEP) Cloverdale-Lexington 36.5-mile reconductor project consisted of new double-bundle, 500kV line beginning at the Cloverdale substation (North Yard) in Botetourt County, Virginia and traversed northeast to interconnects with Dominion Virginia Power’s transmission network in Lexington, Virginia. L.E. Myers’ scope of work included the removal and installation of new hardware, conductor, foundations and lattice towers. Line workers executed several complex and critical crossings, including a 2800-ft span across the James River and a 24,000-ft pull up and over Purgatory Mountain. Subsequent wire pulls occurred over Interstate 81, Chesapeake & Ohio and Norfolk & Western rail corridors. Crews also removed seven 130-ft tall lattice towers that were originally erected in 1964, and reinforce the remaining 146 in order to accommodate higher tension associated with the new conductor. A majority of the tower reinforcing ‘kits’ were installed under energized conditions.
Client: Appalachian Power (a subsidiary of American Electric Power, or AEP)
Work Performed By: The L.E. Myers Co., a subsidiary of MYR Group