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AEP working underground while buildings razed above

May 8, 2012
By CASEY JUNKINS - Staff Writers , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Motorists may be delayed while driving through downtown Wheeling, partially due to city demolition projects as well as an underground manhole expansion project by American Electric Power.

Monday, construction workers contracted by AEP shut down a lane in the 1100 block of Main Street, along with a lane on 12th Street between Main and Market streets, to work on the underground plans.

"We are enlarging the access holes so we can get to our underground equipment easier," said Carmen Prati-Miller, AEP spokeswoman. "We are expanding the manholes in the area of 12th Street and Main and Market Street."

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Construction workers are busy expanding underground manholes for American Electric Power in downtown Wheeling. The construction is causing some traffic congestion.

As city officials continue working to raze the series of dilapidated structures in the 1100 block of Main and Market streets, the work by AEP is leading to more traffic congestion. However, Prati-Miller said providing easier access to underground equipment will make it easier for workers to restore power lost during outages.

"It should not be that big of a project," she said, noting she was unsure how long the work would take to complete. "It's nothing real glamorous - just trying to make things more accessible."

An on-site construction worker, who declined to be identified, said the AEP work would last "at least two weeks."

In reference to the city's 1100 block, Prati-Miller said AEP has removed all of its lines from the buildings to help facilitate their swift demolition.

"We know there are a lot of things going on right now, but our work should not last that long," she added.

 
 

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