American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on July 10 said that it plans to invest about $34m in the Elkhart Network Improvements Project in northeastern Indiana.
The company said that major components of the project include:
- Improvements to the underground distribution network in downtown Elkhart
- Building about two miles of 69-kV transmission lines between the Harrison Street substation and Lusher Avenue
- Building about two miles of 69-kV line between the Harrison Street substation and the existing Concord-Wolf transmission line
- Rebuilding the Harrison Street substation
- Improving the Lusher Avenue, Elkhart Hydro and Dunlap substations
According to a project fact sheet, upgrades to the underground distribution network in downtown Elkhart mean improvements are needed to the transmission lines. Enhancements to the electric system improves operational performance, modernizes the infrastructure and enhances reliability for area customers, the fact sheet noted.
Distribution upgrades are focused on the underground network in Elkhart, the fact sheet stated, noting that the transmission lines connect the Harrison Street, Concord, Dunlap and Lusher Avenue substations.
I&M is replacing aging wood poles with steel monopole structures ranging between 70 feet and 75 feet in height, according to the fact sheet.
Construction is expected to begin in spring 2018, and be completed by mid-2019, the company said in its statement.
A come-and-go open house for local residents to learn more about the project will be held on July 20 in Elkhart, the company said.