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Ameren Illinois to use helicopters on transmission line enhancements

Contractor line crews,  working on behalf of Ameren, will work from helicopters to make upgrades to the transmission grid to enhance energy reliability and resiliency for Madison County and surrounding counties.

Crews will spend the next three weeks, weather permitting, flying around and working on the steel and wooden pole structures along a six-mile stretch within residential and rural areas of East Alton, Wood River Township, Rosewood Heights, Cottage Hills, Fort Russell Township and Wood River. The linemen will be adding ground wires with fiber optics capability to the structures to assist in enabling communications to modern automation devices and other equipment on the electric grid.

“We encourage motorists who notice the helicopter work to focus on the road, maintain a safe speed, refrain from taking photos while driving and stay a safe distance from crews,” said Karen Boulanger, director of safety for Ameren Illinois.

Weather permitting, the project should wrap up around the week of April 9. Investment in this project is $1.8 million.

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