Verizon puts up new tower

A Verizon Wireless tower was put up last week near the intersection of Highway 27 and County Highway N in Eastman Township. This series of pictures shows the pieces still on the semi trailer and during assembly, workers in action, the use of a crane to set pieces in place, and the completed 250-foot structure. (Photos by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

A 250-foot self-supporting Verizon Wireless telecommunication tower was erected last week near the corner of Highway 27 and County Highway N in Eastman Township. The project was approved in June of 2012 by the Crawford County Planning and Zoning Committee.

Workers from Central States Tower (CST) of Wheaton, Ill., assembled the structure pieces Wednesday and Thursday, the crane moved in Friday and the tower was completed by Saturday.

The property is owned by Kozelka Family Farms and 10,000 square feet is being leased by CST for the fenced site, which will include the dual-lighted tower, antenna attachments and 12x26 concrete equipment building.

This is one tower of a series of 50 to 70 towers being built by Verizon with a 4G service upgrade, including a higher rate of speed and five miles radius site to site (could possibly be more depending on usage).

The tower is made so that additional cell phone companies could utilize them to provide service, although agreements would be up to the companies themselves.

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