"The engineering is under way," said Steve Oden, vice president of customer service for Buckeye Rural.
"Site preparation should be finished by fall and construction will begin early next year and be completed in the summer to fall of 2005."
While it won't create any permanent jobs, the project will provide a dozen or more construction jobs for five or six months, Oden
said.The project, which will cost between $500,000 and $1 million, will replace a substation in the area that's 40 or 50 years old and is among the oldest in the system, he
"Historically we've had a lot of problems in that area," he
said.Customers should see greatly improved service once the project is finished, he
said.The new substation will create a better network and backup of electrical feeds in case another substation is out of service, he
The electric cooperative also plans to relocate some transmission lines in the area, Oden
said.The existing lines in rural areas are hard to get to and service, he
said.No cost estimates are available for that part of the project, he
The substation is large enough to handle projected growth in the area due to construction of the Tri-State Outer Belt, also called the Chesapeake Bypass project, he