Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) representatives plan power grid upgrades to improve electric reliability for customers in Fort Wayne.
The Pettit-LaRez Transmission Line Rebuild Project involves rebuilding approximately 2 miles of 69-kilovolt transmission line from Pettit Substation, on East Pettit Avenue, to an existing pole near East Dewald Street in the LaRez neighborhood. Plans call for rebuilding the transmission line in the alleyway between Hanna and Monroe streets in southern Fort Wayne.
The 60-year-old transmission line consists of deteriorating wooden poles that no longer meet operational standards and requires updating. Rebuilding the transmission line strengthens the local power grid by reducing the need for frequent maintenance and improving the line's operational performance.
Company Officials expect construction to begin fall 2024 and conclude early 2025.
June 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, June 16, at the Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries Center gymnasium, located at 5100 Gaywood Drive 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.
At I&M, safety is our first priority. Due to COVID-19, I&M staff members plan to wear face coverings and practice social distancing at the open house to ensure safety for you and our staff. We encourage attendees to wear face coverings at the open house for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
The project involves installing a combination of wood and steel poles.
Typical Pole Height: Approximately 80 - 95 feet
*Exact structure, height, and right-of-way requirements may vary.