Fort Wayne - Bluffton Transmission Line Rebuild Project

    Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) representatives plan to upgrade the electric transmission network serving customers in northern Indiana. The project involves:

    • Updating approximately 26 miles of power line between Bluffton and Fort Wayne
    • Building a proposed 12-mile power line connecting Murray Substation with lines south of Bluffton. This double-circuit line is planned to operate at 69-kilovolts (kV) with one circuit built to 138-kV standards
    • Building a proposed 4-mile 69-kV power line to provide looped service between the Uniondale and Kingsland substations
    • Building Baer Substation in Fort Wayne, near the Baer Road and Baer Field Thruway intersection

    An upgrade to modern steel poles reduces the need for frequent power line maintenance and improves the lines operational performance. The planned substation upgrades also help to reduce the likelihood of larger, sustained outages.

    A Virtual Open House was held from May through July of 2021 for local community members and stakeholders to provide the project team with feedback. With the help and input of landowners in the area, I&M representatives were able to identify a proposed final route for the project.

    Company officials expect construction to begin in late 2022 and conclude in late 2026.

    Project Updates

    September 2021: I&M representatives announce the final proposed route for this project. Feedback provided from the community helped determine this route.

    July 2021: To confirm that we capture feedback from the entire community, we have extended the feedback through July 30th.

    May 2021: As a result of the social distancing recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we invite you to join us for a virtual open house to learn more about the project and share your input, particularly on possible route options for the new power line. Provide comments through a "Contact Us" link. Please share your input by June 18.

    Project Releases

    Fact Sheet




    The project involves installing steel poles.

    Structure Height: Approximately 75-100 feet*
    Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 60-100 feet*

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