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Cass County Area Improvements Project

The Cass County Area Improvement project enhances the electric transmission system in Cass and St. Joseph counties. The line connects the Kenzie Creek and Corey Substations in southwest Michigan. Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) will upgrade the existing facilities to provide a reliable flow of electricity to its customers. The approximately $75 million investment is critical due to an aging system and to accommodate for the region’s future growth.

Project components include:

  • Upgrading approximately 26 miles of existing 69 kV transmission line to 69/138 kV
  • Improving Kenzie Creek, Pokagon, Stone Lake and Corey substations

Project Updates

Summer 2017: Construction on Phase 1 of the project is now complete. Expansion of the Kenzie Creek and Corey substations have begun and are ongoing. Construction on Phase 2 and improvements to the Stone Lake Substation began in the summer of 2017.

Project Releases

Fact Sheet

Timeline

Select a segment below to view timeline details:

Phase 1 (White Street to Barron Lake Road)

  • Early 2016 – Summer 2016: Phase 1 Right-of-Way Negotiations
  • Summer 2016: Phase 1 Pre-Construction Activities Begin
  • Fall 2016: Phase 1 Transmission Line Construction Begins
  • Late 2017: Phase 1 Transmission Line Construction Complete
  • Spring 2017: Phase 1 Restoration Complete

*Project schedule is subject to change due to weather and other factors

Phase 2 (Barron Lake Road to South Broadway Street)

  • Summer 2016 – Late 2016: Phase 2 Right-of-Way Negotiations
  • Fall 2016: Phase 2 Pre-Construction Activities Begin
  • Late Spring 2017: Phase 2 Transmission Line Construction Begins
  • Summer 2017: Phase 2 Transmission Line Construction Complete
  • Spring 2017: Phase 2 Restoration Complete

*Project schedule is subject to change due to weather and other factors

Phase 3 (Robbins Lake Road to Intersection of M-60 and Cochran Road)

  • Early 2017 – Summer 2017: Phase 3 Right-of-Way Negotiations
  • Late Summer 2017: Phase 3 Pre-Construction Activities Begin
  • Fall 2017: Phase 3 Transmission Line Construction Begins
  • Spring 2018: Phase 3 Transmission Line Construction Complete
  • Summer 2018: Phase 3 Restoration Complete

*Project schedule is subject to change due to weather and other factors

Phase 4 (South Broadway Street to Robbins Lake Road)

  • Summer 2017 – Late 2017: Phase 4 Right-of-Way Negotiations
  • Late 2018: Phase 4 Pre-Construction Activities Begin
  • Spring 2018: Phase 4 Transmission Line Construction Begins
  • Summer 2018: Phase 4 Transmission Line Construction Complete
  • Fall 2018: Phase 4 Restoration Complete

*Project schedule is subject to change due to weather and other factors

Structures


 

Proposed Structures

I&M will build new monopole structures ranging between 70 to 90 feet in height. The structures will be placed in the center of a 60 to 100-foot wide right-of-way corridor.

I&M is committed to meeting the energy needs of customers while protecting the environment and natural beauty of the region.

*Exact structure, height and right-of-way 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.