I&M plans to work with city on replantings

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Indiana Michigan Power Company’s infrastructure improvements in downtown Fort Wayne unfortunately are causing a temporary eyesore for some.

The company is building a new Melita Substation at Harrison and Melita streets, I&M spokesman Tracey Warner said. This will replace the Webster Substation, which is being retired.

The project also includes building about two miles of new transmission line and improving or rebuilding about three miles of line, according to the project’s website.

The route for the new lines follows the railroad tracks along West Jefferson Boulevard and has required removing several trees, Warner said. He said the trees were Asian bush honeysuckle plants, an invasive species.

Although those trees will not be replaced, Warner said the city is working on turning that area into a more scenic gateway and that I&M will work with the city to replant the space. “We’re aware Swinney Park is right there and we’re trying to protect the natural beauty of Swinney Park,” Warner said.

The I&M project is a $50 million investment, according to the website.

More information on the project can be found at www.aeptransmission.com/indiana/Melita.