Electric Line Work to Close Mississippi River Bridge on Morning of January 19th

Jan 17, 2018

Bridge closed from 9 a.m.-noon to allow electric transmission line work.

Fort Madison, Iowa - January 17, 2018 - The Mississippi River bridge connecting Fort Madison and Niota, Illinois will be closed to traffic between 9 a.m. and noon on Friday, January 19th. The closure will allow crews from ITC Midwest LLC to perform maintenance on an electric transmission line that runs along the span.

The bridge will be closed to all traffic during this time and detour signs and routing information will be placed to direct motorists during the closure. In addition, on January 18th signage will be placed along the intended closure route to inform travelers of the upcoming bridge closing. ITC estimates the work will take place between 9 a.m. and noon however the bridge will open before noon if repairs are completed prior to that time.

The 69-kilovolt (kV) electric transmission line is one of two transmission lines installed on the bridge pier structures. Crews will need to close the bridge to make repairs on a lightning arrester, a piece of equipment that helps protect the line in the event of a lightning strike.

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 www.itc-holdings.com. ITC is a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., a leader in the North American regulated electric and gas utility industry. For further information visit www.fortisinc.com. 

Media Contact: Liz Hunt, APR, ITC Midwest 918-277-4868, ehunt@itctransco.com