Eastern Fort WayneTransmission Line Rebuild Project

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) plans to strengthen the electric transmission system in northeastern Indiana.

The Eastern Fort Wayne Transmission Line Rebuild Project Involves:

  • Replacing about 12 miles of 138-kV transmission line
  • Replacing the power line primarily on its existing path, with minor changes to accommodate construction
  • Replacing the existing lattice towers with innovative Breakthrough Overhead Line Design® (BOLD) structures

The existing transmission line consist of deteriorating equipment that requires frequent maintenance. In the past decade, over 20 towers needed recurring maintenance. Modernizing the line with steel poles improves the line’s operational performance, reduces the likelihood of extended power outages and enhances electric reliability for area customers.

Company officials expect construction to begin late 2021 and conclude summer 2023

Project Updates

August 2022: Please join us from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, at the Harris Elementary School gymnasium, located at 4501 Thorngate Drive in Fort Wayne. Visitors can ask questions, view detailed maps and talk with team members to learn more about the project. There is no formal presentation, so you can arrive at any time during the event.

At I&M, safety is our first priority. We will provide masks and hand sanitizer at the open house. We ask that if you are experiencing fever, cough, body aches, or other COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home for the safety of your neighbors and our staff.

If you are feeling unwell, you may access project information here, view an interactive map and submit comments at the bottom of the main page.

Late 2021: Construction is underway on the transmission line between Allen and Hacienda substations.

Fall 2020: Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) announces the Eastern Fort Wayne Transmission Line Rebuild Project.


Project Timeline



The project involves installing Breakthrough Overhead Line Design® (BOLD) structures, developed by American Electric Power engineers. BOLD structures have a smaller footprint and deliver electricity more efficiently.

  • Typical Pole Height: Approximately 100 feet*
  • Typical Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 100 feet*

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


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Indiana Michigan Power serves 575,000 customers in Indiana and Michigan.

Eric Giffey

Project Outreach Specialist

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