American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) operating unit Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on April 7 said that it is launching the approximately $42m Jackson Road-Marshall Transmission Line Rebuild Project, which is the fifth of six projects in the $170m Powering Up Greater South Bend Program to enhance service to customers in the South Bend, Ind., area.
The Jackson Road-Marshall project includes upgrading about 13 miles of 34.5 kV transmission line to 69 kV, building the new Vintage substation, retiring the LaPaz substation, and improving the Quinn substation. I&M added that the proposed routes extend from the south side of South Bend into northern Marshall County.
According to a project fact sheet, the transmission line connects the Jackson Road substation in southern St. Joseph County to the Marshall substation in northern Marshall County. Most of the line would be rebuilt utilizing the existing corridor, with some minor re-route options being presented.
The fact sheet also noted that the infrastructure in the area was built in the 1920s and 1930s, and has reached an age where it needs to be replaced to better serve area customers. Upgrading the line increases reliability, provides additional capacity, and reinforces the stability of the electric system, the fact sheet added.
I&M will replace aging wood poles with steel monopole structures about 80 feet in height that will be placed in the center of a 60-foot-wide right of way corridor.
The fact sheet further noted that according to the project schedule, the facilities will be placed in service in 2018.
I&M said in its statement that an open house will be held on April 20 in Lakeville.
As TransmissionHub reported, I&M on Feb. 13 said that it is launching in Indiana the approximately $20m Central South Bend Reliability project, which involves building two new substations and about two miles of new 69-kV transmission line. That project is the fourth of six projects that are part of the Powering Up Greater South Bend Program, which will upgrade, replace, and modernize aging facilities to better serve customers and support economic development, the company said.