PUD Contractor Testing Utility Poles in Scappoose

April 17, 2015 – Columbia River PUD customers might notice someone looking at utility poles in the Scappoose area. The PUD has contracted with Mi-Tech Services, Inc. to inspect, test and treat utility poles to determine if the poles are in good condition or in need of replacement.

PUD Engineering & Operations Manager Steve Hursh said the pole testing effort is part of the PUD’s maintenance program, which helps to ensure that the PUD’s distribution system is safe and reliable. The PUD tests about 2,000 poles in its service area each year.

“Pole testing and treating is a cost-effective way to extend the life of the poles, reduce costs, and to identify poles that are in need of replacement before they become a safety hazard,” said Hursh.

Mi-Tech Services began testing poles for the PUD this week and should finish up in late June. All Mi-Tech Services representatives have PUD-issued photo ID badges and PUD contractor signs on their vehicles. Customers who have questions about the pole testing program or who want to verify the identity of a PUD contractor should call the PUD office at (503) 397-1844.