TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The final route for a new high-voltage power line through Vigo County has been announced.
Duke Energy will be installing a power line which will connect the Dresser substation on Darwin Road to the Wabash River Generating Station in West Terre Haute.
It will run north from the Dresser substation along the existing Duke Energy right of way to Gannon Road and will continue north crossing Concannon Avenue and Thralls Avenue.
North of Thralls Avenue, the route turns east toward Wabash River Station. The route is approximately 11 miles in length.
This will provide additional power capacity to customers in western Indiana and will help replace the power which will not be available when four of the generating units at Wabash River Station are retired.
“Our goal is to minimize the impact of this new power line to property owners in western Vigo County,” said Rick Burger, community relations manager for Vigo County. “We carefully considered the input we received from various stakeholders, including those who attended our information open house on March 24. We believe this route is the best overall choice for the community, the environment and the project.”
This will also improve reliability by offering an alternate route for power in the event other power lines suffer damage or require routine maintenance.
Construction of the new power line is expected to begin in the second half of 2015. The line should be in service by summer 2016.
While the route has been selected, the plan is not completely final.
“Our land acquisition agents will be in touch with the affected property owners,” Lew Middleton of Duke Energy said. “We’ll talk with them about getting permission to go on their land to do some surveying so we know exactly where this line needs to go.”
For more information, visit Duke Energy’s website.