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Aboite Center - Illinois RoadTransmission Line Rebuild Project

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) representatives plan power grid upgrades to improve electric reliability for customers in western Fort Wayne.

The Aboite Center-Illinois Road Transmission Line Rebuild Project involves rebuilding about 7 miles of 69-kilovolt transmission line connecting three area substations.

The project strengthens the electric transmission system by replacing aging wooden poles from the 1960s with modern steel poles. The existing transmission line has experienced more than 5 service interruptions since 2015 and requires frequent maintenance in its current condition. These upgrades improve operational performance, reduce the likelihood of extended power outages and enhance electric reliability for area customers.

Company representatives plan to rebuild most of the power line in or near the existing right-of-way, which may require acquiring new or updating existing property easements. Crews need to clear all trees and woody-stemmed vegetation within the 50-foot right-of-way corridor to ensure the safe construction, operation and maintenance of the power line.

Company Officials expect construction to begin summer 2024 and conclude fall 2025.

Project Updates

February 2022: I&M representatives invite the community to attend an in-person open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday March 2, at Aboite Elementary School's Gymnasium located at 5004 Homestead Road in Fort Wayne. You can view detailed maps and talk with team members about the project. There is no formal presentation, so you can arrive at any time during the event.

If you are feeling unwell, you may visit the virtual open house to access information, view an interactive map, enter our virtual open house and submit comments.



Project Timeline



The project involves installing steel poles.

Typical Pole Height: Approximately 80 feet*
Typical Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 50 feet*

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


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

Brian Recker

Project Outreach Specialist

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