American Electric Power’s (AEP) Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on June 9 said that its approximate $7m Decatur Area Transmission Line Rebuild Project, which is designed to upgrade the electric transmission network serving customers in Adams County, Ind., involves rebuilding about two miles of 69-kV transmission line between the Decatur substation and the South Decatur substation.
The Decatur substation is located near the intersection of Short Street and North 7th Street, while the South Decatur substation is located on U.S. 33, the company said.
As noted in a project fact sheet, the upgrades take place in Washington Township in Adams County. The project is needed to strengthen the local electric transmission system; reduce the likelihood of power outages; speed recovery of service when outages occur; and prepare the electric system to support economic development, the fact sheet noted.
The company said in its statement that it plans to rebuild the line primarily in its existing right of way (ROW). I&M said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it and its contractors are limiting in-person visits with property owners to ensure the safety and health of the public and company representatives.
The company said that it expects to begin construction at the beginning of 2021 and conclude at the end of 2021.