Keeping The Lights On For You

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

You may recall the Northeast blackout of August 2003 that knocked out the power throughout the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and the Canadian Province of Ontario.   Some folks lost power for two days while others were without power for nearly a week.

ITC chart

To help assure you have reliable power, ITC Transmission is upgrading approximately four miles of transmission lines that serve the Auburn Hills, Pontiac, and Rochester Hills communities. The goal of the project is to improve the reliability of high-voltage electrical service in the area by replacing the current 120kV double-circuit lattice towers with 230kV double-circuit monopoles.  The upgrades are going to occur within the ITC easement located along the Clinton River Trail.

ITC map

Work began in January 2016 and is expected to be completed in June 2016. Segments of the Clinton river Trail will be temperately closed during periods of construction.

Vegetation Trimming To Occur Along Clinton River Trail

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The City of Auburn Hills has received notice from the International Transmission Company (ITC) about line clearance work that will take place today (May 7th) and tomorrow (May 8th) along the Clinton River Trail corridor within the City in order to prevent potential contact between vegetation and the high voltage transmission lines.

It is ITC's duty to make sure vegetation does not interfere with the transmission lines or disrupt power, similar to this example along the Macomb Orchard Trail.

It is ITC’s duty to make sure vegetation does not interfere with the transmission lines or disrupt power, similar to this example along the Macomb Orchard Trail.

ITC are the owner/operators of the high voltage power lines that parallel the 2.1 mile portion of the trail that traverses the southern portion of our community.  During routine inspections, ITC crews identified several areas in need of maintenance between Opdyke and Adams Roads, which is where the work will take place.  ITC will use a combination of control methods including mechanical trimming and removal equipment, as well as, herbicide treatments in limited areas.  Any resident impacted by the work should receive a door hanger from ITC before work begins.

Additional questions can be directed to the ITC customer hotline 1-877-482-4829.