SWEPCO Invites Ellerbe Road, Line Avenue Residents to an Open House to Learn About Upcoming Power Line Project
A map of the Ellerbe Road - Lucas Transmission Line Rebuild Project in Shreveport, La.

SHREVEPORT, La., May 31, 2018 –Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) plans to invest approximately $9 million to rebuild nearly 3 miles of 69-kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line along Line Avenue in southeast Shreveport. The Ellerbe Road – Lucas Transmission Line Rebuild Project will upgrade and strengthen the local electric transmission system and provide support for future growth and economic development.

Residents are invited to attend a SWEPCO come-and-go informational open house on Tuesday, June 12 between 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Caddo Middle Magnet School auditorium located at 7635 Cornelius Lane in Shreveport. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and visitors can arrive at any time during the open house to learn project details, look at maps and speak with members of the project team.

The components of the Ellerbe Road – Lucas Transmission Line Rebuild Project include:

  • Replacing wood poles with steel single-pole structures and new wires.
  • Making upgrades to equipment at the Ellerbe Road and Lucas Substations.
  • Construction will take place within city utility easement corridors and/or within company-owned easements.

Construction is expected to begin this fall at the Ellerbe Road Substation and along the transmission line. Upgrades at the Lucas Substation will begin in early 2019. Work is expected to be completed by spring 2019. 

The need for the project was determined by the Southwest Power Pool, the regional transmission organization responsible for overseeing the electric transmission grid in this area of Louisiana, to ensure a continued reliable supply of electricity for local SWEPCO customers. 

Additional information, schedule and interactive map are available on the project website at www.SWEPCO.com/EllerbeRd-Lucas

About Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO)

SWEPCO, a unit of American Electric Power (AEP: NYSE), serves 532,000 customers in western Arkansas, northwest and central Louisiana, northeast Texas and the Texas Panhandle. SWEPCO’s headquarters are in Shreveport, La. News releases and other information about SWEPCO can be found at SWEPCO.com. 

About American Electric Power (AEP)

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 33,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,200 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.

Sara Hebert,
Corporate Communications
318-673-3532, sbhebert@aep.com
A map of the Ellerbe Road - Lucas Transmission Line Rebuild Project in Shreveport, La.