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Crews to use helicopters for transmission line construction

Work slated to begin next week near Avoca

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – A heavy-duty helicopter will be used next week to assist in the construction of a 69,000-volt transmission line replacement project along the Wisconsin River, from Avoca, Wis. to Lone Rock, Wis. The helicopter from Erickson Inc. will arrive in Avoca the weekend of Oct. 19. Transmission line construction, including lifts of the poles and cross arms, will begin Monday, Oct. 21 and is expected to finish by Friday, Oct. 25. Beginning the week of Nov. 4, a light-duty helicopter from Haverfield Aviation will assist with the construction of the poles and wires and install bird flight diverters along certain sections of the line.

Local officials, along with local law enforcement, have been notified of the work. Short term road closures can be expected on State Trunk Highway 60 when the new transmission wires are strung across the highway. Security will be on site around the clock while the helicopters are within the region.

Note to editors: View a map of the work area by clicking here. Information about ATC’s avian protection program can be found here. Flight schedules may vary and are subject to change, based on weather. In the interest of safety, please refrain from stopping, viewing and photographing the work from roadways.

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Formed in 2001 as the nation’s first multi-state transmission-only utility, American Transmission Co. is a Wisconsin-based company that owns and operates 9,860 miles of electric transmission lines and 568 substations in portions of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois. Our transmission network enables the movement of electricity produced from all forms of generation resources to areas where it is needed – helping to keep the lights on, businesses running and communities strong. Visit our website at www.atcllc.com.

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