Low-flying helicopters being used to inspect power lines

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Low-flying helicopters are being used to inspect power lines in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

The flyovers are taking place weather-permitting. The twice-a-year inspections are for ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Co. They’re looking for damage, wear or other potential problems. They take place Monday through May 29 in one part of the state.

Those aerial inspections will cover an area from Lansing, south to the Ohio border and east to the Lake St. Clair area, including all or parts of Ingham, Jackson, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Washtenaw, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Wayne and Monroe counties.

Flights began earlier this month in western Michigan and will cover nearly all of the Lower Peninsula, concluding in northern Michigan around June 26.

ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission are subsidiaries of Novi-based ITC Holdings Corp.

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