Realizing Progress

BELMONT COUNTY continues to be a beehive of progressive activity. That is a trend we hope continues.

The latest development was announced at Thursday’s county commissioners’ meeting. American Electric Power officials outlined a project that will come to be known as Holloway Station. It is a $40 million endeavor and will strengthen the power grid across Ohio.

Two new stations will be built in the Shadyside area, and subsequently tied into existing lines throughout the area. It is a massive undertaking, and one that will pay useful dividends.

AEP officials indicate once the work is completed it will “increase reliability and provide better service for the community.” In addition, the 138,000-volt transmission system will be reinforced.

Another added benefit is that the project’s name is a misnomer. Despite being tagged Holloway, the venue for the work lies within the Bellaire School District.

Upon completion, the financially ailing school district may realize a spike in tax dollars.

The project is scheduled to commence in mid-May and may involve up to 100 workers.

An endeavor of such magnitude does bring some inconveniences, such as heavy truck traffic and power disruptions. But we view those as a small price to pay for $40 million in needed upgrades.