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ITC Midwest Conducting Aerial LiDAR Surveys of High-Voltage Transmission Lines

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (April 25, 2024) – ITC Midwest will conduct aerial LiDAR surveys of high-voltage transmission structures and lines throughout its Iowa and Minnesota service territory beginning on April 26 and continuing for approximately a week, weather permitting.

LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging, which is a remote sensing method that uses light to measure distances from objects to the ground to create a three-dimensional data set. In this case, ITC Midwest is using LiDAR technology to accurately survey the company’s electric transmission system. The resulting data will help ITC Midwest maintain a safe and reliable electric transmission grid and facilitate repairs following storms.

The aerial surveys will cover the company’s transmission lines in and around the communities of Amber, Ames, Bethel, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Dundee, Fairbank, Fairfax, Fairfield, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Linn Grove, Marshalltown, Milford, Nevada, North Liberty, Peterson, Readlyn and Tripoli in Iowa and Adams, Lakefield and Winnebago in Minnesota.

The aerial surveys will be conducted at low altitudes of 300 to 400 feet to ensure data integrity. This is normal procedure, so there is no cause for alarm if a low-flying helicopter is sighted near transmission lines during the time frame indicated above.

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About ITC Midwest
ITC Midwest LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. ITC Midwest operates more than 6,600 circuit miles of transmission lines in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri, and holds utility status in Wisconsin. ITC Midwest is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and maintains regional operating facilities in Dubuque, Iowa City and Perry, Iowa; and Albert Lea and Lakefield, Minnesota.  For further information visit ITC is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. For further information visit

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