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SturgisArea Improvements

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) will upgrade a 3 mile portion of the Pigeon River - Sturgis 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line. The section being rebuilt is between the Stubey Road and Sturgis substations. The improvements in St. Joseph County are essential to ensure continued reliable electric is available for customers. The existing transmission infrastructure has reached an age where it is in need of rebuild and redesign to improve reliability for customers across the region.

Proactively rebuilding the approximate 3-mile transmission line will decrease outages and speed recovery of service when outages occur. Aging wood poles will be replaced with steel monopoles designed to expand the distance between poles to reduce impacts to landowners.

Project Updates

Early 2019: Construction and restoration on the Sturgis Area Improvements Project was completed in Fall 2018.

Summer 2017: Right-of-way acquisition continues. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall.

Project Releases

Sturgis Area Improvements News Release, June 14, 2016 (PDF)


Project Timeline



I&M will build new monopole structures approximately 65-feet in height. The structures will be placed in the center of a 60-foot wide right-of-way corridor.

I&M is committed to meeting the energy needs of customers while protecting the environment and natural beauty of the region.

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


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

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