Information filed by the company shows the line was originally built in 1962 and 1967. The project would only replace existing structures, and would not impact any other properties or require the company to acquire any new right-of-ways.
“Failing insulators have recently caused line outages and damage to wood pole structures,” FirstEnergy said in a filing about the need for the project. “A full inspection of this transmission line revealed that the structures affected do not meet (National Electric Safety Code) requirements.”
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Construction could begin as early as April and is expected to be finished by mid-October. The project largely runs along Interstate 70 between Springfield and Springfield Twp.
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Matt Butler, a spokesman for the OPSB, said staff members with the state will review the proposed project and present a report to the Ohio Power Siting Board. If the board members have no objections, the project would be automatically approved.
The staff report is expected to be filed on March 29, and the automatic approval date would be April 5.