Officials wary of power lines near Grissom base

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

PERU, Ind. (AP) — Local officials worry that a proposed electric transmission line could block future runway construction at northern Indiana’s Grissom Air Reserve Base and harm economic development in the area.

Miami County commissioners are asking project leaders to drop a route that would place the transmission lines and towers about two miles south of Grissom’s runway.

County economic development director Jim Tidd tells the Kokomo Tribune the towers wouldn’t disrupt current air traffic but would prohibit construction of a secondary runway needed to help attract more businesses.

Four routes have been proposed for the transmission line project between Greentown in Howard County to Reynolds in White County.

NIPSCO spokesman Nick Meyer says a route should be picked sometime in June.

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