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    Indiana Michigan Power Schedules Open House to Discuss Central Fort Wayne Transmission Improvements Project


    September 27, 2022 - Targeted News Service

     

      FORT WAYNE, Indiana, Sept. 27 -- Indiana Michigan Power, an American Electric Power company, issued the following news release:

      Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) representatives plan to invest approximately $32 million to enhance the electric transmission network in downtown Fort Wayne.

      The Central Fort Wayne Transmission Improvements Project involves:

      * Upgrading equipment at Melita Substation, off Melita Street.

      * Upgrading equipment at Fulton Substation, off West Superior Street.

      * Upgrading equipment at Spy Run Substation, off Elizabeth Street.

      * Rebuilding at the current location approximately 1.5 miles of 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line between Melita, Fulton and Spy Run substations.

      * Relocating about 1 mile of 69-kV transmission line.

      The 60-year-old transmission line consists of aging wooden poles that no longer meet operational standards and requires updating. Rebuilding the line strengthens the local power grid and improves the line's operational performance by reducing the need for frequent maintenance. The upgrades reduce the likelihood of power outages and improve recovery of service in the event outages occur.

      Project plans include relocating a section of the line that currently crosses the River North property northwest of the intersection of Clinton and Fourth streets.

      I&M representatives are hosting an in-person open house. Residents and community members can learn more about the project and ask questions. Area residents are invited to attend the open house on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Promenade Park - Park Foundation Pavilion, located at 202 W. Superior St. in Fort Wayne. Free parking is available at 301 W. Superior St. after 5:00 p.m.

      Since there's no formal presentation, attendees can arrive at any time to review maps and talk with project team members.

      For the health and safety of the public, we ask anyone who may be experiencing fever, cough, body aches or other COVID-19 symptoms, to please stay home.

      Community members who are unable to attend the open house can visit the virtual open house online at IndianaMichiganPower.com/CentralFortWayne to access information, view an interactive map, enter the virtual open house and submit comments.

      Company officials expect construction to begin in early 2024 and conclude in spring 2026.

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      Original text here: https://www.indianamichiganpower.com/company/news/view?releaseID=8674

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