*Study segments are multiple alternatives presented to determine a line route. The company does not build all study segments; rather, it selects one route to build.

    Fort Wayne - Bluffton Transmission Line Rebuild Project

    Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) representatives plan to upgrade the electric transmission network serving customers in northern Indiana. The project involves:

    • Updating approximately 30 miles of electric transmission line between Fort Wayne and Bluffton
    • Building the new Baer Substation in Fort Wayne (near the intersection of Baer Road and Baer Field Thruway)

    An upgrade to modern steel poles reduces the need for frequent power line maintenance and improves the lines operational performance. The planned substation upgrades also help to reduce the likelihood of larger, sustained outages.

    We are requesting feedback on possible route options for the power line. Your feedback is important to us and helps our team determine a power line route that minimizes impacts to the community and environment.

    Company officials expect construction to begin in late 2022 and conclude in late 2026.

    Project Updates

    July 2021:To confirm that we capture feedback from the entire community, we have extended the feedback through July 30th.

    May 2021: As a result of the social distancing recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we invite you to join us for a virtual open house to learn more about the project and share your input, particularly on possible route options for the new power line. Provide comments through a "Contact Us" link. Please share your input by June 18.

    Project Releases

    Fact Sheet



    The project involves installing steel poles.

    Structure Height: Approximately 75-100 feet*
    Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 60-100 feet*

    *Exact structure, height and right-of-way requirements may vary

    * The accompanying map depicts the project area. It should be noted that the map contained on this site is for information purposes only. AEP reserves the right to alter, change, or amend the map at any time without notice and AEP provides no warranty about the accuracy of content. Keep this in mind when reviewing this map. However, AEP will make all attempts to keep this map as accurate as possible. If you have any questions about the accuracy of the current map please Contact Us.