Part of I-94 closed due to downed power line
WEST ALLIS - Traffic came to abrupt halt in the Zoo Interchange Wednesday, all because of a dangling power line.
Construction crews were worried something like this could happen.
Which is why you may have noticed all those H-frame telephone pole structures that were popping up all over the Zoo Interchange. Now we know why.
"Well, today it worked very well actually," said Anne Spaltholz, communications manager with American Transmission Company.
The guard structures are in place to catch wires that might fall during a $25 million project to replace all the old power line structures with new, taller single poles.
The work is being done to make way for the massive project to rebuild the Zoo Interchange.
"They are there to catch the sag of the wire - so the wires dont come in contact with the ground," said Spaltholz.
Traffic came to a stand still Wednesday afternoon on I-94 west of the Zoo when a wire came close to the ground.
It wasn't a live wire but a couple of cars were damaged. A TODAY'S TMJ4 engineer snapped cell phone pictures while he was stuck in traffic.
American Transmission is still investigating why the line lost tension while workers were pulling it through the poles. They think it was an equipment failure.
The company is also paying to have Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputies on the scene in case something goes wrong.
"So everyday we are doing pulls, they are here," said Spaltholz. "They are really here to ensure safety - public safety when we are doing this very sensitive work."
No one was hurt. The project to move the power lines to taller poles is expected to last through all of next year.