Entergy Texas Pole Inspections Happening Across Beaumont

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – To keep the power reliably flowing, Entergy Texas works year-round to maintain and upgrade its infrastructure to improve service reliability to customers across Southeast Texas. One way the company works to improve reliability is by annually inspecting its utility poles. This year alone, some 55,000 poles will be inspected across southeast Texas. Over the next few weeks, contract crews will be inspecting poles in Beaumont.
Over time, utility poles can become weathered by the forces of Mother Nature or even damaged by members of the public. Inspections help identify poles that need to be reinforced or replaced and helps prevent outages before they occur. Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., a specialist in its field, will perform the routine inspections and preventative maintenance work for Entergy Texas.
“Inspections are critical to maintaining and improving reliability across our system,” said Allen East, Entergy Texas vice president of distribution operations. “This is just one of the many reliability projects Entergy Texas is conducting this year to ensure we’re delivering safe, reliable and affordable electricity to communities across southeast Texas.”
Inspectors will need access to every pole, whether on an easily accessible roadway or in a narrow alley behind a home or business. During pole inspections, crews will rigorously inspect poles for defects. Following a visual inspection, the poles are “sounded” with a hammer to find any internal voids or hollow cavities. Poles that show signs of internal or external decay are fully excavated to determine the extent of decay at the groundline. Osmose may reinforce


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