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Melita Reliability Enhancement Project

Indiana Michigan Power Company (I&M) is investing approximately $50 million in electrical improvements in downtown Fort Wayne. Planned improvements ensure the continued reliability of I&M’s service to the area’s transmission and distribution systems by distributing electricity more effectively on the grid. Upgrading and redesigning the lines around the substation will enhance stability during peak conditions and provide more capacity essential to Fort Wayne’s economic development.

Project details include:

  • Construct a new Melita Substation
  • Retire the aging Webster Substation
  • Construct an approximately 2-mile 69-kilovolt transmission line
  • Improve approximately 2 miles of existing transmission line
  • Rebuild approximately 1 mile of transmission line

The Melita Reliability Enhancement Project is essential to strengthen the network and reduce power quality fluctuations.

Project Updates

Summer 2017: Construction has begun on the transmission line just south of downtown that will involve lane closings and temporary road closures. Work begins at the under-construction Melita substation near Harrison Street. Crews will move southward along Webster Street, affecting traffic on Webster and cross streets. The line – and work crews – turn east on Dewald Street and travel about six-tenths of a mile, just short of Hanna Street. Again, traffic will be affected along Dewald and cross streets – including Lafayette and Clinton streets (U.S. 27.)

I&M updates the City of Fort Wayne regularly, and the city periodically informs the media and public of land and street closures.


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