9/18/2018
I&M Provides Equipment, Greenery for Rivergreenway
The newly installed bicycle repair station on Fort Wayne's Rivergreenway west of Parnell Avenue

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Indiana Michigan Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), on Wednesday added amenities to the Rivergreenway along Spy Run Extended following completion of the Powering Up Central transmission project.

I&M installed a bicycle repair station and two new benches on the popular trail. In addition, I&M contractors planted 10 trees and spread more than 88 pounds of pollinator seed to grow grasses and flowers attractive to insects and animals that help enhance the ecosystem.

The bicycle repair station, located west of Parnell Avenue, includes tools and an air pump secured to a stand. The station includes the tools needed for basic repairs and maintenance such as changing a flat and adjusting brakes and derailleurs. Cyclists can use the station’s hangar arms to allow the pedals and wheels to spin while making repairs.

I&M also planted 10 Autumn Brilliance trees near the entrance to Johnny Appleseed Park. The Autumn Brilliance is named for its colorful fall foliage and is sometimes known as a Juneberry tree for the name of the berries it produces in the summer. In spring, the tree bursts with white flowers. Further south of Spy Run Extended, I&M contractors spread seeds for grasses, flowers and cover crop.

I&M’s additions to the Rivergreenway are in conjunction to the Powering Up Central: City of Fort Wayne project, which enhances the area’s transmission system. The project included rebuilding a transmission line along Spy Run Extended and the St. Joseph River. As part of the project, I&M replaced older lattice towers with monopoles. In addition to enhancing the experience of Rivergreenway trail users, I&M supported the area’s environment with new trees and other greenery. As part of the project to enhance reliability, I&M removed a number of invasive trees that impeded the growth of native species.

“I&M appreciated the patience of Rivergreenway users when a section of the trail was closed last year during construction of the project,” said Kim Sabrosky, I&M External Affairs Manager. “The company is pleased to be able to support the Rivergreenway and Spy Run Extended area as part of the project that helps ensure the reliable delivery of safe, affordable energy for many years into the future.”

“This project is another stellar example of the partnership between our parks and local businesses and organizations,” said Steve McDaniel, Director of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department. “I&M needed to complete this work to better serve their customers, and in turn, they were able to enhance part of the Rivergreenway to make this important part of our trails system even better for the community. We couldn’t be happier with how their plan turned out, and we thank I&M for their hard work.”

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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,450 employees serve more than 593,900 customers. More than half of its generation is emission-free, including 2,278 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, 22 MW of hydro generation in both states and approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 2,600 MW of coal-fueled generation in Indiana.

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,300 megawatts of renewable energy. 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 and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide. News releases and other information about I&M are available at IndianaMichiganPower.com

Tracy Warner
Indiana Michigan Power Communications
(260) 408-3420
tkwarner@aep.com
The newly installed bicycle repair station on Fort Wayne's Rivergreenway west of Parnell Avenue

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