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VIDEO: Helicopter work planned along I-94

Crews worked on a CapX2020 tower foundation west of Alexandria earlier this spring. (Photo by Lowell Anderson)

Motorists on Interstate 94 between Alexandria and Sauk Centre may notice crews in helicopters working near the interstate starting Thursday, May 2.

The CapX2020 utilities will use a helicopter for work on several transmission structures that were installed along I-94.

A helicopter will fly near the new transmission structures with a lineman suspended from a tethered line. The helicopter work is expected to take about one week.

The Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota Department of Transportation and the CapX2020 utilities urge motorists to avoid gawking at the helicopter work and keep moving through the work zone.

"Minnesota law does not allow motorists to stop on a freeway unless it is for an emergency," said Sergeant Jesse Grabow, Minnesota State Patrol. "Failing to comply can result in a citation and fine."

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