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SWEPCO plans to rebuild 69-kV lines in Texas, Louisiana

Southwestern ElectricPower Co. is investing $14.5 million in Harrison County, Texas, and$6 million in Shreveport, La., to improve reliability of transmission infrastructureand ensure adequate supply of electricity.

The Southwest PowerPool Inc. regional transmission organization determined the need toreplace aging infrastructure in the two areas, according to separate April 5 newsreleases.

In Harrison County, the AmericanElectric Power Co. Inc. subsidiary plans to have about 11 miles of existing69-kV transmission line in northeast Texas rebuilt by the summer of 2017. The Marshall-Hallsvilletransmission line project will begin at the Marshall substation in Marshall, travelingwest along a corridor near Highway 80 to the Hallsville substation in Hallsville.

In Shreveport, SWEPCO also aims to start rebuilding 1.7 milesof existing 69-kV transmission line this fall, with completion expected by late2017. For the Stoner Hill area improvements project, the line begins at the company'sFort Humbug substation in Stoner Hill and ends at the Broadmoor substation locatedoff Shreveport Barksdale Highway.

Both projects involve replacing existing wooden structures withsingle steel poles, SWEPCO said.