Denton Municipal Electric (DME) is preparing to remove a transmission line that runs through a neighborhood. DME recently completed a new 138kV transmission line, which now allows DME to remove the existing 69kV transmission line. The existing 69kV transmission circuit was installed in the early 1960’s and has served the City of Denton electrical needs for more than 50 years.
The removal of the transmission line will involve removing the top 4 conductors from the wood poles and cutting the top off the pole. The removal process will require DME to access every pole. Where possible, service trucks will be used to work the poles, in areas that are not accessible by the equipment, linemen will climb the poles to complete the work.
The actual removal of conductor will require de-energizing of the distribution circuits. Operational switching will continue to provide service during the removal, but there will be an interruption of electrical service to a limited number of customers. The interruptions will generally be short in duration and will not exceed 5 hours. Customers that will experience service interruptions will be notified directly by DME.
Transmission Line Layout - map of the transmission line
Pole Changes Image - shows changes expected during this removal process