Xcel Using Helicopters For Power Line Work

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(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota state officials are advising drivers who travel Interstate 90 east of Sioux Falls that they might see helicopters helping with power line repair work starting Thursday.

Xcel Energy will be using helicopters for work on transmission lines near I-90 from Exit 402 to Lakefield, Minn., east of Worthington, Minn.

Traffic flow will not be disrupted, but motorists in that area can expect to see a helicopter flying close to the power lines each day for about 2 1/2 weeks. The company’s construction crews are replacing existing shield wire with fiber optic wire.

Motorists are asked to drive carefully and keep their eyes on the road.

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