Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on Nov. 16 said that an open house will be held on Nov. 29 in Winchester, Ind., regarding the Winchester-Union City Transmission Line Rebuild Project, which involves upgrading about six miles of a 69-kV power line that serves customers in Randolph County.
The approximately $11m investment will help ensure a reliable flow of electricity for area customers and prepare the electric grid for economic growth, the company said. The project proposes rebuilding some sections of line in the company’s current right of way (ROW), I&M said, adding that for other portions of the project, alternative routes are under consideration.
According to a project fact sheet, the transmission infrastructure has reached an age where it needs to be replaced to better serve local customers. Proactive improvements also reduce power outages and speed recovery of service when outages do occur, the fact sheet noted.
The line connects the Anchor Hocking substation in Winchester to the Price substation outside of Union City. The fact sheet also noted that I&M will replace wood poles with steel monopole structures ranging between 65 feet and 85 feet in height.
Construction is expected to begin in spring 2020, and conclude in late 2020, the company said in its statement.