Utility Pole Inspections
Quanta Utility Engineering Services (QUES), as a contractor of Southwest TN EMC, started inspecting poles August 29, 2019.
They are 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 several months in the following areas (times are estimates based on the quantity of poles on each circuit):
- September – Atoka area – Drummonds 264, Richardson Landing, Pryor Road, Dolan Road, and the surrounding areas served by these lines
- October and November – Henderson area – Beech Bluff 224, Saint Road, Needmore Road, Diamond Grove, Mifflin Road, Luray Lane, Hwy 200, and the surrounding areas served by these lines
- December – Brownsville area – Morris 254 and 264, Denmark-Leighton, Denmark-Jackson, 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.
Miles of Line