American Electric Power’s (AEP) Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) on June 10 said that it is planning to enhance the electric grid in St. Joseph County, Ind., by investing about $23m on the Southern Mishawaka Area Improvements Project.
The project involves:
- Installing new equipment at the Dragoon substation, near the intersection of South Taylor Street and East 13th Street
- Relocating about one mile of electric transmission line to the south side of East 12th Street, with the relocation accommodating the city of Mishawaka’s plan to widen East 12th street
- Upgrading about one mile of 69-kV power line from the Dragoon substation to Mishawaka Utilities’ Union Street substation
The company added that project plans call for replacing aging wooden power poles with modern steel poles, which reduces the need for maintenance. I&M noted that upgrading the Dragoon substation also reduces the likelihood of larger, unplanned outages in the community.
The company said that starting in 2022, it plans to rebuild the power line in the existing right of way, with some sections requiring re-routes to ensure the safe construction, operation, and maintenance of the line.
I&M said that landowners and community members may visit IndianaMichiganPower.com/SouthernMishawaka to access project information, view an interactive map, enter a virtual open house, and ask questions through a “Contact Us” link.
As noted in a project fact sheet, the project area includes the City of Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, and Penn Township.
According to the project schedule, as noted on the fact sheet, the facilities will be placed in service in early 2023.