American Electric Power’s Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on Jan. 14 said that it plans to invest about $11m on the Anderson Area Improvements Project in order to upgrade the electric transmission network serving customers in Madison County in central Indiana.
The project involves rebuilding about four miles of 138-kV transmission line and upgrading a substation, the company said, noting that it plans to rebuild the line in the existing right of way (ROW), which may require widening in some areas.
As noted in a project fact sheet, the project area includes the City of Anderson and Madison County.
The improvements are designed to strengthen the transmission system by replacing wooden poles from the 1960s with steel structures, the company said, adding that modern structures reduce ongoing maintenance of the power line, improve operational performance of the power line, and reduce the likelihood of extended power outages.
I&M said that its ROW representative for the project, Contract Land Staff (CLS), plans to communicate with directly involved landowners to discuss preliminary field work and property easements to ensure the safe construction, operation, and maintenance of the line.
The company also noted 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 during the process.
According to the project schedule, construction on the project is scheduled for fall 2021 to winter 2024, which is when the project would be complete.