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.