MUNCIE, Ind., May 11, 2022 – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) plans to upgrade the electric transmission network in northwest Muncie beginning in summer 2023 and concluding late 2024.
The Tillotson Avenue Transmission Line Project involves:
- Upgrading about two-and-a-half miles of overhead transmission line and relocating a half mile of wire underground between Delaware Substation, off North Shaffer Road, and Bethel Substation, off North Elizabeth Avenue
- Rebuilding about one mile of underground transmission line between Bethel Substation and Kenmore Substation, near the intersection of North Tillotson Avenue and West Riverside Avenue
The $31 million investment strengthens the local electric transmission system by replacing aging poles and wires that date back to the 1960s with modern equipment. Outages within the aging underground facilities are difficult to identify and fix. The power line has experienced several extended power outages in recent years due to these issues. Replacing the existing underground line with new, upgraded wire will improve the line’s operational performance, reduce the likelihood of extended power outages and enhance electric reliability for area customers.
I&M representatives plan to communicate project updates throughout the process.
Additional details are available at IndianaMichiganPower.com/TillotsonAvenue
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