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Duke Energy Starts Next Phase of Reliability Project in Indiana

Jan. 5, 2023
The project in Bloomington, Indiana, will improve the resiliency of the local electric grid to reduce the potential for power outages and expedite restoration.

Duke Energy will soon begin phases two and three of the Bloomington Rogers Street – 11th Street – Dunn Street Reliability Project, which aims to enhance the company’s ability to provide safe and reliable energy to homes, businesses and other community facilities in the Bloomington area.

Crews will begin constructing about two miles of new power transmission line between the Rogers Street Substation and the 11th Street Substation. Crews will then begin constructing about one  mile of a new transmission line from the Dunn Street Substation to an existing transmission line.

Preconstruction activities, such as surveying and staking the project area and performing vegetation management, will begin in January. Qualified tree personnel are inspecting and clearing vegetation along the route. A large part of the tree trimming and removal work will be conducted in the city's right-of-way, and Duke Energy has been working in partnership with local officials on work that will take place on municipal property. 

“This important work is part of a smart, multilayered energy grid improvement strategy to help improve electric reliability and resiliency and strengthen the electric grid against severe weather and other impacts,” said Duke Energy Government and Community Relations Manager Liz Irwin. “We remain committed to engaging with local residents and elected officials and keeping them informed about this project as we work to support the growth and development underway in Bloomington. Making the right investments today means that the energy grid customers and their families depend on will be better, more reliable, and more responsive in the future.”

The Bloomington Rogers Street – 11th Street – Dunn Street Reliability Project began in 2016 with an informational open house about the construction of the 11th Street Substation. In 2017, Duke Energy hosted another informational open house and public comment period to gather vital input used in evaluating and selecting transmission line routes for the new transmission lines that are part of this project. 

Construction is taking place in three phases. Phase 1, which involved building the new 11th Street Substation and transmission line along North Rogers Street, is complete. Phases 2 and 3 will begin this year and continue through early 2024.

For more information, visit the project Web site

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