If you look to the skies Friday along Eiland Boulevard, Dairy Road and Daughtery, you will see a Duke Energy contractor using a helicopter to string lines and installing bird diverters.
According to Duke Energy, the work is part of Duke’s New River to Wire Road transmission line construction project. The next step in Zephyrhills is working by helicopter. The helicopter will be in use most of the day and will need to make several passes to complete the work. Weather delays could cause this work to happen another day.
For safety, Duke Energy asks people to stay clear of the construction area and helicopter path during this time. People are also asked to be alert and use caution while traveling through these areas. Intermediate and partial road and lane closures are expected.
People living within 150 feet from the new transmission poles, the contractor asks that you secure all loose items in yards (patio furniture, trampolines, etc.), and keep animals inside as the helicopter is in use.
As one of the many essential services responding to the national COVID-19 emergency, Duke Energy says it’s vital that its crews continue their work on the electrical transmission infrastructure. As a precaution, if you do see Duke Energy workers, please avoid approaching them.