Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) representatives plan power grid upgrades to improve electric reliability for customers in Berrien County, Michigan. The Benton Harbor-Riverside Transmission Improvements Project upgrades about 4 miles of 34.5-kilovolt transmission line with modern equipment to better serve area customers.
The project involves:
The project strengthens the local electric transmission system by upgrading the capacity of the power line from vintage 34.5 kilovolt (kV) to modern 69 kV standards. The project also involves replacing aging lattice towers and wooden poles that date back to the 1930s with modern steel poles. Modernizing the line supports the growing demand for electricity, reduces the likelihood of extended power outages and enhances electric reliability for the community.
Crews plan to complete field survey work including environmental surveys that include collecting topographical data such as the location of streams, wetlands and potential habitats for endangered species. Some of the survey work may require crews to place stakes and ribbon within the company’s easement.
The surveys are scheduled to start the week of June 13 and continue through summer, depending on weather and other factors.
O.R. Colan (ORC) serves as I&M’s right-of-way representative for this project. If you want to reach out to a right-of-way agent with immediate questions, please contact Kristen Martin at (269) 588-9957 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Right-of-way agents are limiting in-person visits with customers during this process to ensure the public’s safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The project involves installing steel poles.
Typical Pole Height: Approximately 100 feet*
Typical Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 60 feet*
*Exact structure, height and right-of-way requirements may vary
Indiana Michigan Power serves 575,000 customers in Indiana and Michigan.
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