Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on April 8 said that it plans an approximate $84m investment to upgrade the electric transmission network serving customers in Delaware County in eastern Indiana via the Southern Muncie Area Improvements Project.
As noted in a project fact sheet, the project involves upgrading about three miles of 34.5-kV power line to 69-kV standards; upgrading and expanding the Arnold Hogan, Blaine, and 23rd Street substations; rebuilding the Medford substation; building the new Fuson substation in the commercial park north of West Fuson Road; and retiring the Elmridge substation on West Kilgore Avenue.
The improvements are needed to strengthen the local electric transmission system; reduce the likelihood of power outages; and speed recovery of service when outages occur, the fact sheet noted.
The upgrades take place in the southern part of Muncie, the fact sheet said, adding that the company plans to rebuild some sections of the power line in its existing right of way (ROW), while other sections of the project could include reroutes.
According to the project schedule included in the fact sheet, the final line route announcement is slated for this fall; transmission line construction is set to occur from summer 2020 to late 2022; substation construction is scheduled to occur from fall 2020 to fall 2022; and the facilities are set to be placed in service in late 2022.
I&M said in its statement that an open house on the project will be held on April 25 in Muncie.