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Utility Pole Inspections
Quanta Utility Engineering Services (QUES), as a contractor of Southwest TN EMC, plans to conduct utility pole inspections starting August 29, 2019.
They will be driving a white utility vehicle and UTVs with a flashing caution light on top. The vehicle has the name “QUES” on the door. All personnel will have ID cards showing employment with QUES.
They will be conducting these inspections over the next 10-12 months in the following areas (times are estimates based on the quantity of poles on each circuit):
- December 2019 and January 2020 – Atoka area – Drummonds 254 – Crigger Road, Ray Bluff Road, Quito Drummonds Road, Drummonds Road, and the surrounding areas served by these lines
- February and March 2020 – Covington area – Henning 204 – Hwy 87, Hwy 371, Cooper Creek Road, Henning-Orysa Road, Durhamville Road, and the surrounding areas served by these lines
- April and May 2020 – Brownsville area – Morris 254 and Morris 264 – Denmark-Leighton Road, Denmark-Jackson Road, Britton Lane, Wilhite Road, Vine Hill Road, Huntersville-Denmark Road, Saint John Road, Womack Lane, and the surrounding areas served by these lines
QUES will be inspecting approximately 9,000 poles per year for the next ten years in order to cover our entire field inventory. The inspections will include an excavation and treatment of STEMC utility poles in order to prolong the life of the utility pole by an average of 25-30 years. This is a cost-effective method of extending the life of these STEMC assets, saving the members money. Therefore, it makes our system more reliable, safe and affordable.