I&M Announces $500 Million Plans To Upgrade Transmission Lines & Substations

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

February 6, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 11:33 AM EDT

INDIANA (21Alive) -- Indiana Michigan Power plans to spend $500 million to upgrade transmission lines and substations in Allen, DeKalb and Huntington counties.

The project entitled "PoweringUp Northeast Indiana" involved rebuilding and improving power lines, installing some new transmission lines, building and improving substations and updating equipment.

"We are trying to make sure in the future, we continue to have reliable power," Sarah Bodner said. "Right now, our power is very reliable, but our lines were built 40-60 years ago. When you look at Fort Wayne, where maybe in the past there were one or three homes, there are now 20,30, 40 homes, so we are making sure we get the power in the future, get the power where it needs to be."

I&M says construction has already begun and will likely take six to eight years.

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