Over the past months, Councilmember Todd’s office has been working closely with PEPCO and the community on the removal of double poles, a concern of many residents due to their unattractive and unwelcoming appearance in residential neighborhoods.
You may have noticed two utility poles directly adjacent to one another in your neighborhood, and wondered why that was the case. Double poles have been created because PEPCO has been updating their electricity distribution grid to improve reliability. As new poles are installed, equipment from PEPCO, but also a variety of other utility companies and the District Department of Transportation, must be transferred to the new pole before the old one can be removed.
Working hand-in-hand with PEPCO, Councilmember Todd’s office has helped create an enhanced process to coordinate removal activities among all the different entities. The results indicate that the enhanced process is working efficiently, with over 600 poles removed between March 1st and today, compared to just 378 poles removed in all of 2016. Residents are encouraged to use this new online portal to report double poles in need of removal and track progress: www.pepco.com/district-of-columbia-double-poles-report.aspx.