The City of Portage has been notified that beginning in late April, Consumers Energy and ITC will remove brush and trees on utility-owned property along the Northwest Portage Bikeway between Oakland Drive and Haverhill Park. Intermittent trail closures will be necessary during this work.
Trees along the trail in this area are more than 25 feet tall or will have a mature height of greater than 25 feet and present safety hazards and potential power outages during severe weather. In addition, utility safety standards, in general, require undergrowth and brush removal below high voltage power lines.
The city is working to create a plan to revitalize the landscape following the brush and tree removal by Consumers Energy and ITC. This landscape plan may include planting of trees as well as other native plantings and landscaping, following “Right Tree, Right Place” practices. The city’s goal is to work with the utility companies to replenish the landscape along the Northwest Portage Bikeway while ensuring adequate clearance of overhead power lines and safeguarding the power source for the neighborhood.
Consumers Energy marks trees for removal with blue paint “X” and will work primarily on the west side of the trail. Residents may call (269) 337-2414 with any questions concerning the brush and tree removal by Consumers Energy.
ITC marks trees for removal with pink paint and will work primarily on the east side of the trail. Residents may call (877) 482-4829 with any questions concerning the brush and tree removal by ITC.
Watch for more information about the city’s landscaping plans on Facebook and the city’s website.