Routine utility pole inspection underway
Conway Corp has contracted with Osmose Utilities Services to inspect 1,300 of the cities wooden utility poles over the next six weeks. The inspections will be in an area of Conway south of Dave Ward Drive between Salem and South German Lane. Each year, Conway Corp inspects 10 percent of its utility poles.
“The inspections are a part of routine maintenance that is required by the National Electric Safety Code,” Dale Gottsponer electric system senior engineer said. “Poles that are more than ten years old will be checked below the surface for signs of decay. Poles that were installed in the last ten years will be visually inspected.”
Osmose has found the vast majority of decay occurs within 18 inches from ground level. Crews scrape away decay and place a preservative around the base. The upper portion of each pole is also inspected to make sure that no connections to power lines are loose.
Conway Corp crews will follow the inspection to make any repairs or replace any poles as needed.