FORT WAYNE, Ind., March 28, 2022 – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) plans to enhance the electric transmission network northeast of Fort Wayne with the East Allen County Transmission Line Project.
The project involves:
- Rebuilding about 12 miles of aging structures and power lines between Ricker Road outside Fort Wayne and Sowers Substation off Ohio-Indiana State Line Road in Scipio Township
- Replacing about 6 miles of wire on existing structures between Robison Park Substation off Diebold Road in St. Joseph Township and Ricker Road in Milan Township
- Upgrading Grabill Substation located off Antwerp Road in Cedar Creek Township
The $38 million investment strengthens the local electric transmission system by replacing aging wooden H-frame structures that date back to the 1960s with modern steel poles. The upgrades improve operational performance, reduce the likelihood of extended power outages and enhance electric reliability for area customers.
Project plans call for construction to begin spring 2024 and conclude by fall 2025.
I&M representatives plan to communicate project updates with impacted landowners throughout the process.
Additional details are available at IndianaMichiganPower.com/EastAllenCounty
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Indiana Michigan Power