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NIPSCO begins looking at routes for power line

NIPSCO held a public open house Monday at the Shipshewana Event Center as it begins to narrow down potential routes for a 100-mile electric transmission line that will end near Topeka.

Currently, NIPSCO is taking public comment on the various routes it is considering that snake across Northern Indiana from Reynolds, located in central White County, to the Hiple substation located northwest of Topeka. The line is projected to be about 200 ft. wide, with the structures supporting the wires at 140 ft high.

Maps were on display at the open house that show the various ways the new line could run.

NIPSCO plans to select a final route later this summer, followed by right-of-way acquisition later this winter. Construction on the line is expected to start in late 2014, with completion of the line in 2018.

Those whose properties are affected by the route selected will be contacted this fall by NIPSCO representatives to further discuss the project and right-of-way easements.

Additional information on the project is available online at www.reynoldstopeka.com or by calling NIPSCO at 1-855-264-2219.