Indiana Michigan Power and AEP Ohio representatives plan power grid upgrades to improve electric reliability for customers in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.
The Fort Wayne-Hicksville Transmission Line Project involves:
*A component of this project requires Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) approval
The project strengthens the electric transmission system by replacing deteriorating wooden poles from the 1960s with modern steel poles. The existing transmission lines have experienced more than 30 power outages in the past 5 years. Upgrading the line with modern equipment improves the line's operational performance, reduces the likelihood of extended power outages and the need for frequent equipment repairs. Crews plan to replace three poles to meet modern clearance standards at a power line crossing
Company representatives plan to rebuild the power line mostly in the existing right-of-way, which may require acquiring new or updating existing property easements. Easements are defined land rights that property owners grant the utility to allow for the safe construction, operation, and maintenance of the power line.
Project plans call for construction to begin spring 2023 and expect to conclude spring 2027.
November 2022: I&M and AEP Ohio representatives announce the Fort Wayne-Hicksville Transmission Line Project.
Michiana Land Services, Inc. (MLS) serves as I&M’s right-of-way representative on this project. Landowners can expect to hear from a right-of-way agent to discuss field activities, construction and restoration.
The project involves installing steel poles.
Typical Pole Height: Approximately 90 feet*
Typical Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 60 feet*
*Exact height and width may vary