Starting Thursday, August 1, NIPSCO and contracted crews from Aldridge Electric will be replacing existing static wire with new Optical Ground Wire (OPGW). This work will take place at the very top of existing electric transmission towers. A small low-flying helicopter will be used to replace and string new wires, which will help shield the electrical conductors from lightning while providing a telecommunications path for internal communications.
This project is part of NIPSCO’s ongoing modernization plan to upgrade its infrastructure system in northern Indiana.
The project is expected to last approximately three weeks, weather permitting. The work will begin in the town of Highland near Kennedy Avenue and LaPorte Street and continue west to the town of Munster ending at 510 Fisher St.
Customers are not expected to experience any interruption in their electrical service during this project.
For the safety of crews and local residents, 10- to 15-minute road closures are expected on major roads along the project path as crews replace static wire near the intersection. Flaggers will be on-site directing traffic during construction hours. NIPSCO will also continue to work with the town of Highland and the town of Munster officials to minimize impact to customers in this area.
Please exercise caution as you travel near any construction zone to ensure personal safety and the safety of construction crews working on this project.
NIPSCO appreciates the patience of the community during these important infrastructure modernization projects.
For more information on NIPSCO’s modernization plan, please visit their website here.