American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on Feb. 5 said that it is planning to upgrade a transmission line east of downtown Fort Wayne, via the $10m South Anthony-Lakeside Transmission Line Rebuild Project.
The project is designed to modernize aging infrastructure to continue to provide a reliable flow of electricity to local customers, the company said. The project includes upgrading about two miles of 34.5-kV transmission line to 69-kV standards to meet the power demands of current customers and prepare the electric grid for future growth in the area, the company said.
Some sections of the line will be rebuilt in the current right of way (ROW), which may require updating or supplementing existing easements, the company said, adding that for other portions of the project, study segments are under consideration for potential re-routes that would require new easements.
According to a project fact sheet, the line connects the Anthony substation near South Anthony Boulevard and Lanternier Street to the Storm Water substation at the Fort Wayne Water Pollution Control Center.
According to the project schedule, pre-construction activities will begin in summer 2019; transmission line construction will occur in fall 2019 to summer 2020; and the facilities will be placed in service in summer 2020.
An open house on the project will be held on Feb. 15 in Fort Wayne, I&M said.