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I&M Improves Equipment for Better Reliability

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Indiana Michigan Power is going forward with a $50 million project in Fort Wayne.

According to the Journal Gazette, the “Powering Up Central” project will upgrade the infrastructure and reliability of electricity within the city. The changes are part of a bigger $500 million Powering Up Northeast Indiana program, sponsored by I&M's parent company, American Electric Power.

Old components will be replaced and rebuilt, including power lines, transmission lines, and equipment.

The Journal Gazette reports an existing transmission line will be rebuilt from Spy Run Avenue near State Boulevard in Fort Wayne, to a substation off North Clinton Street. The substation is about 6. 5 miles from I-469, where I&M will install more efficient cables.

You will also notice crews replacing decades old steel lattice towers with single-pole structures.

The entire project should be finished in 2018. The electric service will be improved for customers in Allen, Huntington, DeKalb, Adams, Noble and Wells counties.

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