Crews continuing to use light-duty helicopter for Badger Coulee Project construction between Portage and Mauston
MADISON, Wis. – A helicopter will be used this month to assist construction crews with Badger Coulee Project work between Portage and Mauston. Ground crews also will continue moving protective mats and installing foundations and poles in this area during this time.
Ground and aerial crews will use a helicopter to install bird flight diverters and other transmission line components. The aerial crews will continue to pull wires across and along the Interstate. The helicopter work may involve crews suspended from ropes or working from the helicopter rail. There may be intermittent, limited traffic stops to ensure helicopters can cross roads during construction. The flight schedule will vary and is subject to change based on weather.
“We’d like to thank the public for continued cooperation in staying a safe distance away from construction rights-of-way and keeping their eyes on the road while driving,” said ATC Project Manager Jake Valentine.
Maps of Construction Segments 3 and 4 are available here.
Note to media: Work may be postponed with little or no notice. Stopping, viewing and photographing from the Interstate and overpasses is prohibited. This will be strictly enforced by law enforcement personnel. All individuals must stay clear of the construction right-of-way and out of the helicopter sterile zone (approximately 200 feet away from wires).
American Transmission Co. is a Wisconsin-based company that owns and operates the electric transmission system in portions of the Upper Midwest. Formed in 2001 as the nation’s first multi-state transmission-only utility, ATC has invested $4.3 billion to improve the adequacy and reliability of its infrastructure. ATC now has $4.6 billion in assets, including more than 9,600 miles of transmission lines and 554 substations. The company is a member of the MISO regional transmission organization, and provides nondiscriminatory service to all customers, supporting effective competition in energy markets without favoring any market participant. For more information, visit our website at www.atcllc.com.
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