Landowners who will be affected by the construction of NIPSCO’s Reynolds-Topeka Line — a 100-mile electric transmission line from Reynolds to Burr Oak to Topeka — are now being notified.
“We are currently in the process of notifying landowners who will be impacted by this project,” said Kathleen Szot, external communications manager for NIPSCO. “They will receive a letter indicating which of their properties is affected, and will also be contacted by a right of way agent who will explain next steps.”
There are approximately 105 parcels of land that will be affected in Kosciusko County
The new line, which is expected to undergo constructing beginning in late 2014, will create jobs, enhance system reliability, offer environmental benefits and improve access to lower cost electricity for customers. The project is one of 17 other similar projects – lead by the Midwest Independent System Operator occurring across the Midwest.
The Reynolds-Topeka Electric System Improvement Project is a 6-year project that NIPSCO says will strengthen Indiana’s electric system and provide improved access to wind and solar renewable energy sources.
The corridor is expected to be approximately 200 feet wide based on the voltage of the line and height of the structures, most anticipated to be 130 feet tall. The corridors are usually referred to as rights-of-way and NIPSCO will be purchasing the easements for the right to use that land for building and maintenance of the transmission line.
To see where the line will pass through Kosciusko County, view the map HERE. The maps are also available to the public at Milford Public Library and Syracuse Public Library. Legends for the map are provided below: