Anyone who lives, works or visits downtown Wheeling has most likely noticed a lot of construction activity over the past few years.
That’s mainly because of a massive, five-year, $24.7 million project that was recently completed by American Electric Power (AEP).
It involved a thorough overhaul of the downtown areas underground electric network.
AEP employees, along with contractors from New River Electric and Evans Construction, replaced nearly 13 miles of underground electric cable and upgraded more than 40 vaults and manholes as part of the project.
“We want to say thank you to everyone who has had to drive in one lane or maybe a sidewalk has been shutdown during the construction project,” said AEP External Affairs Manager Joelle Moray. “We really appreciate everyone’s patience. It’s been a very long project but this project has helped things like some of the new businesses that have come into downtown and things like the new apartments that have come to downtown.”
AEP officials said the project was important since the underground electrical infrastructure, which covers the entire downtown area, was originally installed back in 19-58.