Utility Poles: Appendix 10
Utility Company Programs
Several utility companies have initiated utility pole safety programs, e.g., Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) Lafayette Utilities Systems (LUS), and Peco Energy.
JEA has a service area of approximately 2,000 square miles in northeast Florida. The utility company contracted with the Texas Transportation Institute to develop a safety program that would have the following components:
In the first year of operation, ten sites were identified and modified, and a goal was established to use crash data to identify and improve at least five more per year. A level of expenditure not to exceed $100,000 per year was established for the treatment of prioritized sites.
LUS is located in Lafayette, LA and implemented its program to achieve greater public safety and reduce LUS's costs of vehicle collisions with utility structures. Utility structures are placed into one of three categories following a review of crash data:
Each year, approximately 10 utility structures will be selected for treatment. When it becomes difficult to identify sites worthy of treatment, the primary goals of the program will have been met.
PECO Energy, a division of Exelon Corporation, has a service area in southeastern Pennsylvania, consisting of Philadelphia and four surrounding counties, with approximately 14,000 roadside miles, containing approximately 500,000 poles. PECO Energy has developed and implemented a roadside object safety program with the following components:
Since the early 1990's, new poles have been installed subject to the roadside placement guidelines, cluster areas have been reviewed, and many poles have been moved in connection with highway authority road widening. These efforts have mitigated thousands of poles, and are continuing.
Federal Highway Administration, "Highway/Utility Guide", Publication No. FHWA-SA-93-029, Washington, DC, June 1993.
Utilities Safety Task Group, TRB Utilities Committee (A2A07), Utilities and Roadside Safety, State of the Report 9, TRB, 2004.