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I&M to Begin Construction on Underground Power Line in Muncie

February 29, 2024

MUNCIE, Ind., Feb. 29, 2024 – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) representatives plan to start construction next week to rebuild an aging underground power line along Tillotson Avenue in Muncie.

I&M will rebuild the 1-mile underground power line. Contract crews plan to work along Tillotson Avenue between University Avenue and York Prairie Creek, just south of Euclid Avenue. I&M right-of-way representatives work with affected landowners and residents where the line rebuilding requires private property easements. Typical work hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

Those travelling by the work zone can expect:

  • Overnight and daytime lane closures, reduced lane widths and sidewalk detours along Tillotson Avenue.
  • Detours of intersecting streets when work occurs at intersections.
  • Temporary steel plates and asphalt patches on the road.
  • Safety signage and flaggers to aid traffic flow.

Crews expect to complete this work by late summer, weather permitting.

I&M understands this work may cause some traffic delays. We are working closely with the City of Muncie to keep you moving safely and expediently past our construction zone. We appreciate the patience of our Muncie customers as I&M works to improve the reliability of energy service in the Muncie area.

These upgrades are part of the Tillotson Avenue Transmission Line Project. The project includes upgrading 4 miles of above- and below-ground power lines in northwest Muncie to address the numerous extended power outages to area customers in recent years. Modernizing aging power poles and wires reduces the likelihood future outages and improves the area’s electric reliability.

Contract crews are expected to start construction on additional project upgrades this summer. I&M representatives plan to keep the community updated on construction progress throughout the project.

For the latest project updates, please visit http://www.IndianaMichiganPower.com/TillotsonAvenue.

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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its approximately 2,000 employees serve more than 600,000 customers. More than 85% of its energy delivered in 2023 was emission-free. I&M has at its availability various sources of generation including 2,278 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, more than 22 MW of hydro generation in both states and approximately 35 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 1,497 MW of coal-fueled generation.

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is powering a cleaner, brighter energy future for its customers and communities. AEP’s approximately 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines to safely deliver reliable and affordable power to 5.6 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 31,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including more than 6,900 megawatts of renewable energy. The company’s plans include growing its renewable generation portfolio to approximately 50% of total capacity by 2032. AEP is on track to reach an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 and has committed to achieving net zero by 2045. AEP is recognized consistently for its focus on sustainability, community engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana, east Texas and the Texas Panhandle). AEP also owns AEP Energy, which provides innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide. For more information, visit aep.com.

Tracy Warner
Communications Manager




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