The Journal Gazette
Saturday, January 15, 2022 1:00 am


Fort Wayne/Allen County 

I&M to begin work using helicopter 

Residents and motorists in eastern Fort Wayne may see a helicopter working on a $20 million transmission power line project near unique-looking transmission towers early next week.

Work is scheduled to begin Monday in an area northeast of Webster Road and U.S. 30, Indiana Michigan Power said in a Friday news release. The helicopter will proceed north to an area near Interstate 469 and U.S. 24.

The helicopter and ground crews will install ropes between the towers, covering about 4 miles. The crews will install eight sets of ropes.

The work using the helicopter is expected to continue throughout Monday and may extend into Tuesday. After the ropes are installed, ground crews will begin using them to pull power lines to the towers, a process that will take about two weeks, I&M said.

Weather conditions could alter the schedule. 

The line installation is part of I&M's Eastern Fort Wayne Transmission Line Rebuild Project. The project includes rebuilding 12 miles of a 138-kilovolt transmission line connecting a substation southeast of Fort Wayne with the large Robinson Park substation near I-69 and I-469 north of the city.

City, county to close offices

The city of Fort Wayne and Allen County government offices will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The offices will reopen for business Tuesday.

The city said residential garbage and recycling will still be collected.

Coldwater crash kills woman

A woman died after a two-vehicle collision in northern Allen County.

The Allen County Sheriff's Department said a pickup truck was northbound on Coldwater Road south of Fitch Road and a passenger car was southbound on Coldwater when the two vehicles collided almost head-on about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The woman driving the passenger car died at a hospital. She will be identified by the county coroner.

The man driving the pickup had minor injuries, police said. 

– Journal Gazette

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