UI to inspect, replace utility poles

An old and new United Illuminating utility pole on Orange St. in New Haven. (WTNH / Jeff Bailey)

ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) — The United Illuminating Company has started a pole inspection program, and will fix and in some cases, replace 140,000 utility poles over the next six years.

The plan is to check each pole to make sure that all of them have UI lines and equipment, which will help maintain the reliability of UI customer’s electric service, and to reduce vulnerability during storms and other extreme events.

Inspectors started out in Hamden last month, identifying utility poles that need to be fixed, replaced or overhead infrastructure repairs. They will then move into Woodbridge and New Haven and will work their way across 17 cities and towns UI serves.

“Inspectors will visually inspect each pole and the overhead system that connects to it,” said John Mitchell, manager of system maintenance at UI. “They’ll also ‘sound’ the pole with hammers to detect rot or hollow pockets caused by insects, and perform simple maintenance tasks, such as re-stenciling pole ID numbers.”

Older poles often get decay at the ground line. Typically, between 2.5 and 3 percent of poles inspected require replacement, Mitchell said.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s