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Construction will close city lot in Dixon

5 power poles to be replaced; work expected to end by December

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
(Alex T. Paschal/
Workers move equipment into place Monday afternoon near the Rock River off of River Street in Dixon. ComEd is replacing the existing electricity transmission tower near the parking lot along the river to the east of Galena Avenue, and work also will be done on a tower in Heritage Crossing, but it will not be replaced.

DIXON – Construction has begun on an electricity transmission line running along the city’s riverfront.

The project is not expected to close Heritage Crossing, but it could shut down a public parking lot along the Rock River to the east of Galena Avenue, Mayor Jim Burke said.

A singular “monopole” structure will replace the existing tower near the parking lot. Work will be done on a tower in Heritage Crossing, but it will not be replaced.

Also, a bridge will be built across the river for construction crews to reach an island from River Street, the mayor said.

Altogether, the project will modify 11 poles and replace five poles throughout Dixon, ComEd said in a news release. Work is expected to be completed in December.

The affected line connects ComEd’s transmission grid to the Dixon substation near College Avenue and First Street.

ComEd has invested $2.6 billion to modernize the existing power grid and improve its infrastructure throughout northern Illinois, the release said. 

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