Indiana Michigan Power has cut power to much of downtown Fort Wayne.
According to I&M, the outage started around 6 p.m. an is expected to last until 9 p.m.
The outage will allow crews to connect a recently completed substation that will serve the downtown area. I&M will transfer current service from an existing substation from the 1920s to a new state-of-the-art substation that is capable of sustaining future power demands.
The power company said the transfer is a key step in its project to enhance the reliability and safety of service to the downtown area. Crews have been working to rebuild the underground infrastructure downtown for the past two years. They have been replacing cables, re-routing the line configuration, adding underground vaults, and adding state-of-the-art monitoring devices.
I&M said in a press release it “understands there is no ‘good’ time for an outage. The date and time were chosen after speaking with city public safety officials and reviewing the schedules for downtown events and churches. Safety for the public and our crews is the No. 1 concern for I&M, and daylight hours offer the highest level of safety for this type of an outage.”
City police are directing traffic at busy intersections and stop signs have been placed at others.
I&M said it has notified customers that will be affected and provided tips on how to prepare for it.