Over time, decay and wood-destroying insects can cause utility poles to lose their strength. Every 8-10 years, HU and its contractors inspect every pole within the system, treating the poles that need to be treated to extend their life, and noting ones that need to be replaced.
Based on the latest inspection from Osmose, Electric Superintendent Jonathan Hampton has scheduled pole replacements in the southwest section of the service area, including Penn Road, Nance Ford, Barkley Bridge, Garner Road and Tanner Heights. Pole replacement may interrupt service for a short period, Hampton says, but HU crews will let customers know ahead of time.
Crews replaced 110 poles last year, says Hampton, and he plans to replace the same number this year. He has budgeted $200,000 this year for pole replacement.