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The 1249 Mile Strengthening & Hardening Update

Reed Emerson, Sr. V.P. of Engineering and Operations, reports that we currently have approximately 675 miles completed in this massive line replacement project.

The Lacy, Fairview, Hennessey and Marshall Projects are complete.The Dover and Canton Projects are expected to be completed by the end of November, 2015.The West Kingfisher Project, construction is expected to be completed by the end of December, 2015.
On the Okeene Project, construction is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2016.

The Watonga Project will be the last one to be finished. We expect construction completion by the end of August, 2016. As crews finish up projects, they will be relocated to this final one.

The picture above and caption below explain some of the steps that the crews are going through to change out these miles and miles of line.

Three phase line being upgraded. What you see is a temporary arm, attached to the new pole and cross arm, with the hot wires on the temporary arm. To get to this state, a man in a bucket truck had to untie the hot wires, put insulators or guts over the wires and pull them up and out of the way, until a digger truck could remove the old pole and replace it with this new one. The man in the bucket, then attaches the hot wires to the temporary arm’s insulators. New wire will be pulled onto the new crossarm’s insulators and tied down when tight. Then the old wire and temporary arms will be removed after the new line is made hot. There is 17 to 20 poles per mile of line. We are doing this on each pole in 1249 miles of upgrades.

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