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I&M to use helicopter for east side power line improvements

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Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 11:12 AM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - I&M is giving residents in eastern Fort Wayne a heads up that they may see a helicopter working on a transmission power line project near “BOLD transmission towers” early next week.

The work is set to begin Monday, Jan. 17, northeast of the Webster Road and U.S. 30 intersection, and may extend into Tuesday. I&M says the helicopter will then move north, to an area near I-469 and U.S. 24. Crews will install eight sets of ropes between the towers, covering about 4 miles, officials say.

After the ropes are installed, I&M says ground crews will begin using the ropes to pull power lines to the towers, a process that will take about two weeks, depending on weather conditions.

“The line installation is part of I&M’s Eastern Fort Wayne Transmission Line Rebuild Project,” a release sent by I&M says. “The $20 million project involves rebuilding 12 miles of a 138-kilovolt transmission line connecting a substation southeast of Fort Wayne with the large Robinson Park substation near I-69 and I-469 north of the city. The project will strengthen the local electric transmission system, reducing the likelihood of power outages and upgrading to support economic development.”

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