American Electric Power’s Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on Feb. 25 said that it plans to invest about $292m to upgrade the electric transmission system to ensure safe and reliable electric service for customers in northeast Indiana through the Fort Wayne-Richmond Transmission Line Rebuild Project, which involves updating about 140 miles of 138-kV transmission line and upgrading two substations.
The company said that it plans to rebuild the line in the existing right of way (ROW), although the company may acquire new easements or supplement current easements to ensure the safe construction, operation, and maintenance of the line.
According to a project fact sheet, the project area includes Allen, Adams, Wells, Jay, Randolph, Wayne, and Union counties; the cities of Fort Wayne, Dunkirk, Union City, and Richmond, as well as the Town of Pennville.
The improvements would reduce the likelihood of power outages and speed recovery of service when outages occur, the fact sheet noted.
The structure height would be about 80 feet and the ROW width would be about 100 feet, the fact sheet said.
According to the project schedule, construction is slated to occur summer 2021 to late 2025, with the project placed in service in late 2025.