Police warn south county drivers: Don't watch the choppers replacing power lines

Instead of being distracted and watching them work while you're driving, please just watch this video

March 05, 2019 - 8:19 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Keep your eyes on the road and pay no mind to the helicopters flying near buildings and highways, restringing power lines around south St. Louis County over the next couple months. That's the warning from St. Louis police and Ameren Missouri, who is about to begin some aerial work.

The choppers will be part of Ameren Missouri's efforts to upgrade the energy grid serving places like Shrewsbury, Mehlville, Lemay, Oakville and other south St. Louis County neighborhoods. They are used to string wire in places not-easily reached from the ground.

Related: Ameren Missouri launches $6.3 billion energy grid improvement project

Ameren says they'll be replacing the wires on bulding and across Interstates 270 and 55. Work begins this week and lasts until May 1.

Police ask that drivers ignore the helicopters and keep their eyes on the road. So, instead of being distracted and watching them work while you're driving, please just watch this video shot last year by a KMOX producer of an Ameren helicopter working in the Webster Groves area.