American Electric Power’s Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on Dec. 1 said that it plans to enhance energy service to customers in St. Joseph County, Ind., through the Northern St. Joseph County Area Improvements Project.
The project involves building about three miles of new 138-kV transmission line and a new substation near U.S. 31 and Adams Road, the company said.
As noted in a project fact sheet, the project area includes the City of South Bend, as well as German and Warren townships. The improvements are designed to increase electric reliability; provide an additional power source; and support economic development, the fact sheet noted.
According to the project schedule, construction is slated to occur in late 2021 to spring 2022, with the facilities placed in service in spring 2022, and restoration activities completed in summer 2022.
I&M noted that it will host a virtual open house, and that landowners and community members are invited to learn more about the project, as well as share input on possible route options for the line, until Dec. 28.