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Verizon cell signal to improve in West Liberty

New tower won’t be active for several weeks

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ABOVE: Sections of a new Verizon cell phone tower yet to be placed sit on the ground adjacent to the tower south of West Liberty. Construction of the tower was completed Thursday. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Crews maneuver to hoist sections of a 310-foot Verizon cell phone tower into place Wednesday south of West Liberty. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

A new cellular phone tower has been installed near West Liberty, but it will be several weeks yet before Verizon customers notice a discernible difference in cell signal, according to members of the crew that erected the tower.

Speelman Electric, a commercial/residential telecommunications and electric company based in Tallmadge, is building the tower. The business works with each wireless carrier to construct cell phone towers throughout Ohio and neighboring states.

Located right at the Logan-Champaign county line south of West Liberty, the tower is located back a lane on private property owned by Thomas Detwiler, according to Logan County Auditor’s records.

The tower stands 310 feet tall. It took crews just three days to stack sections of the tower once all the steel was constructed, they said.  

The tower is built, but now must be outfitted with radios and other technology equipment. That work could take up to three months or more, crews said.

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