Helicopter power line work starts Monday in White River Township

A helicopter will fly over White River Township as Duke Energy conducts aerial power line improvements along State Road 135 this month.

The company will deploy a helicopter crew to upgrade high-voltage power lines near North State Road 135, with work beginning Monday near the intersection of North State Road 135 and Olive Branch Park Lane. The helicopter will travel south along the transmission line toward Demaree Road, then move east toward Ashwood Drive, at times hovering for a period of time to perform the work. For the second part of the project, crews will work from the intersection of North State Road 135 and Demaree Road and travel south toward Somerset Boulevard, according to a Duke Energy news release.

The is expected to be complete Oct. 22, weather permitting.

The project aims to strengthen the local electric transmission system. Helicopter and ground crews will replace static wire that runs along the top of the utility poles. These wires are connected to grounding conductors that protect power lines from lightning during a storm, Duke Energy officials said.

Customers are not expected to experience service interruptions related to this work. Property owners along the impacted corridor have been notified by mail, and customers are being notified with a phone call or text message.

The helicopter may cause wind disturbance at ground level. Homeowners are being advised to secure outdoor furniture or other items that could be moved by the wind, officials said.