American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on March 11 announced the preferred routes for two sections of 138-kV electric transmission line in eastern Indiana as part of the estimated $42m DeKalb County Area Improvements Project.
The project involves building:
- About four miles of transmission line in northeast Allen County and southwest DeKalb County along State Line Road
- About two miles of transmission line north of County Road 40 in south Butler
- The new Sowers substation near the intersection of State Line Road and Campbell Road
I&M also said that its representatives determined the routes after reviewing input from landowners and community members following the company’s project announcement and public open house last August.
The improvements are designed to help ensure reliability for customers and support the area’s economic growth, the company said.
I&M noted that its right of way (ROW) agent for the project, Michiana Land Services, will communicate with directly involved landowners to discuss preliminary field work and acquiring property easements for the safe construction, operation, and maintenance of the new power lines.
Substation construction will begin this fall, while line construction will begin in early 2020 and be completed by summer 2021, I&M said.
According to the project website, building the new transmission infrastructure adds extra sources of power to the area, creating redundancy in the electric grid to lessen the likelihood of power outages.