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New 69 KV line installation will impact I-94 traffic on Sunday, Nov. 17

November 14, 2013

BRIDGMAN, Mich., November 14, 2013 – Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) will be installing new 69 Kilovolt (KV) transmission lines crossing Interstate 94 to connect with the Cook Nuclear Plant. The work will take place from 7:00 - 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 17. Four lines will be strung across I-94 between exit 16 (Bridgman) and exit 22 (John Beers Rd. Stevensville). The work will require reducing the traffic lanes on I-94 from three lanes to one lane, both east and west bound.  I&M was granted a permit from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) on this project to perform the work over I-94.  Periodically during this time all lanes will be closed for no longer than 15 minutes per period to complete line work that is necessary with no traffic below. Law enforcement agencies have been contacted to help with the lane closures. The time frame of 7:00 - 10 a.m. on Sunday, November 17 was selected to have the least amount of impact on interstate travel. If possible, motorists may want to use Red Arrow Highway as an alternate route during this time period to avoid delays. Thank you for you patience as I&M completes this necessary project to upgrade our transmission system and increase electrical reliability to our area.

            Indiana Michigan Power is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP). American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5.3 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a 40,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Schalk
Communications Manager - Cook Nuclear Plant
Work - 269 466 2854 - Cell - 269 235 1772
whschalk@aep.com

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