I&M: Route proposed for approximately $6.5m line in eastern Indiana

The approximately $6.5m investment includes upgrading about two miles of 34.5-kV transmission line to 69-kV standards, I&M said

American Electric Power’s Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on Sept. 19 said that it has proposed a route for an electric transmission line in eastern Indiana as part of the Yorktown Area Improvements Project that is designed to help ensure electric reliability and support the area’s economic growth.

The company said that its representatives determined the route after reviewing input from landowners and community members following the company’s project announcement and open house in June. The approximately $6.5m investment includes upgrading about two miles of 34.5-kV transmission line to 69-kV standards, I&M said.

The company noted that the proposed route travels north from an electrical substation located northeast of the intersection of South Nebo and West River roads along the western side of Yorktown, and then follows the railroad east.

I&M said that its right of way (ROW) agent for the project, O.R. Colan, plans to communicate with affected landowners to discuss preliminary field work and acquiring property easements for the safe construction, operation, and maintenance of the line.

According to a project fact sheet, transmission line construction is scheduled to occur from early 2022 to summer 2022, which is when the facilities are slated to be placed in service.

I&M would build the line with steel monopole structures averaging 75 feet in height, the fact sheet noted, adding that structures would be placed within a 60-foot ROW.