Airport spur opens after light pole struck, power knocked out

MILWAUKEE -- All lanes of the airport spur near Mitchell International Airport are once again open after a light pole was knocked down early Wednesday afternoon.

A We Energies spokesperson says a back hoe struck a light pole just before noon on Wednesday, and the light pole fell into We Energies power lines that cross over the airport spur.

We Energies reports 2,000 customers lost service for 75 minutes in an area from Waterford Avenue on the north, the Lake Parkway on the east, Anderson Ct. on the south and S. 13th Street on the west.

We Energies officials removed the pole and power was restored before 1:00 p.m.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office was on hand, directing eastbound vehicles off the highway - having them back west in the eastbound lanes to leave the airport spur via the normal exit ramp from I-94 to the spur.

Power was knocked out at Mitchell International Airport and an airport spokesperson says within seconds, they were switched over to their backup power system and no flights, passengers or the control tower were impacted.

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