American Electric Power’s Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on Sept. 15 said that it plans to invest about $14m on the McKinley-West State Transmission Line Rebuild Project in order to ensure safe and reliable electric service for customers in western Fort Wayne, Ind.
The project involves updating about three miles of transmission line and upgrading a substation, the company said. While it plans to rebuild the line in the existing right of way (ROW), the company said that in some areas, the ROW may need to be widened to ensure the safe construction, operation, and maintenance of the line.
The company said that its representatives plan to communicate project updates with directly involved landowners and residents throughout the process.
As noted on a project fact sheet, the improvements are designed to strengthen the local electric transmission system; reduce the likelihood of power outages, and speed recovery of service when outages occur.
The fact sheet also noted that the project area includes Allen County and the City of Fort Wayne.
According to the project schedule, construction is slated to occur summer 2021 to fall 2022, with the project placed in service in fall 2022, and restoration activities complete in spring 2023.