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Temporary closure on the Hoosier National Forest Indiana-Michigan Power right-of-way maintenance planned

Contact(s): Andrea Crain, (812) 275-4771

Bedford, IN - (May 14, 2018)


Indiana-Michigan Power/American Electric Power (AEP) will be performing electric transmission line maintenance in the form of aerial herbicide applications along a right-of-way (ROW) corridor on the Hoosier National Forest in the Mitchell Creek area of Crawford County, west of State Road 37. This project is necessary in order to keep vegetation from growing up and interfering with their powerlines. Implementation will only take a few days, but weather conditions will determine when work can begin and how it will proceed.

There is a closure order in place for this project area, effective May 14 and will be rescinded when work is finished. Target work dates are between May 21-30. Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/hoosier/alerts-notices to view this and other closure orders on the Hoosier National Forest.

These ROW segments are not located within special use permit areas, but instead are private easements that encumbered the land prior to acquisition by the United States. AEP will be performing aerial herbicide application using a helicopter, so this closure is necessary to ensure public safety in work areas.

To ask questions or report concerns, please contact Kim Voiles at (812)547-9228 or Ron Scott at (812)276-4742.

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