02/06/13 NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public Service Company)is planning an approximately 100 mile, 345kilivolt electric transmission line in order to provide better access to new sources of electricity of Northern Indiana, while improving infrastructure and electrical reliability. This project is in the initial planning stages and NIPSCO will be holding a series of public open houses in February to introduce the project and the Study Area, and to solicit input from the public that we will use in our routing efforts.
The open house in Plymouth will be held on Wednesday, February 6th from 4 to 7 at the Plymouth High School cafeteria at 810 Randolph Drive.
The open house will not have a formal presentation, but will be a come-and-go forum where the public can visit different “stations” to learn more about the project from project team members.
The construction of NIPSCO’s Reynolds-Topeka Line, a 100 mile transmission line from Reynolds to Burr Oak to Topeka will create jobs, enhance system reliability, offer environmental benefits and improve access to lower cost electricity for customers.
Estimated construction cost for the project is $270 million. The undetermined route is expected to avoid cities and towns along the way and will require a 200 foot wide path. Typical steel structure poles 130 feet tall and 880 feet between each structure will carry the new transmission line. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2015 and be completed in 2018. For more information check out their website at www.reynoldstopeka.com.