New Communication Tower Ensures Signal for Emergency Responders

The communications tower will help provide a signal that has caused issues for emergency responders in the past.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A new communications tower will be built in the city of Superior, after to the approval from the state panel.

The tower will be built near the intersection of Townline Road and Polish Road on county property.

Officials said the signal in that area is spotty. The topography drop off towards the St. Louis River can cause signal problems in the area. Efforts for the tower started 20 years ago.

Officials said the area has experienced railroad fires and wildlife fires in the past.

“We’ve had to move our mobile command post out there. To serve as a stop gap measure because they couldn’t talk from one end of the fire to the other, because they could not reach radio repeater and things like that,” director of emergency management Keith Kesler said. “This is something that has been needed for a long long time.”

Officials said it will improve communications for all emergency responders in the area.

The tower aims to be up this summer. The Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation have been working together on the project.

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