I&M: Construction on estimated $45m project expected to begin summer 2021

According to a project fact sheet, the upgrades take place in Jefferson, Greene, Wayne, Richland, Knox, and Penn townships in Jay County

American Electric Power’s Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on Nov. 25 said that construction on its estimated $45m Jay County Area Improvements Project, which includes building about nine miles of new 69-kV line between northern Portland and Pennville in Indiana, is expected to begin in summer 2021 and conclude by spring 2022.

The project also involves rebuilding about eight miles of 138-kV line between Pennville and Dunkirk, as well as about two miles of 69-kV traveling north from Portland, and upgrading two substations, the company said.

I&M said that it has announced proposed routes for sections of the lines, which are located in east-central Indiana, with company representatives determining those routes after reviewing input from landowners and community members following an open house in July. I&M said that representatives of Contract Land Staff (CLS), which serves as the company’s right of way (ROW) representative for the project, plan to communicate with affected landowners to discuss preliminary field work and acquiring or supplementing property easements for the project.

The company said that the improvements are designed to help ensure electric reliability for customers and support the area’s economic growth.

According to a project fact sheet, the upgrades take place in Jefferson, Greene, Wayne, Richland, Knox, and Penn townships in Jay County.

I&M plans to build two types of monopole structures, which will have a height of 90 to 120 feet, with the ROW width being 100 feet, the fact sheet noted.