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Reading Pole Replacements

Transmission Investments

Reliability is a responsibility that Duke Energy takes very seriously. As part of our dedication to build a smarter energy system in Hamilton County, Duke Energy is replacing utility poles on a 1,700-foot (.32-mile) section of existing 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Reading, Ohio.

Project Need

Recent inspections reveal that we need to replace approximately six wooden poles on a transmission line that is located across from the Kathwood Drive, Oakwood Court and Dorian Drive subdivisions. The project also involves the removal of two additional existing wood poles.

Project Description

The new poles will range in height from 15 to 40 feet taller (most about 15 to 25 feet taller) than the present wood utility poles as part of Duke Energy's modern reliability standards. The wood structures will be replaced with steel poles to improve reliability.

The steel poles last longer than the wood poles and require less maintenance and fewer inspections (therefore less disturbance to neighborhoods). The poles have an improved design for lightning protection, plus they can withstand higher wind speeds than the traditional wood poles. Both attributes benefit the energy grid during inclement weather.

To ensure reliable energy, trees that are close to power lines must be trimmed or removed so that they don't disrupt electric service to homes, businesses, schools and hospitals. Trees or branches hitting power lines are among the leading causes of power outages. Pre-construction activities such as vegetation clearing for the project will get underway in August 2021. We will be working closely with property owners affected by vegetation removal, or if an encroachment in the easement (fences or sheds, for example) needs removal for crews to safely access the transmission line.

Construction is scheduled to begin in October 2021 through the end of the year, followed by restoration through early 2022.

Benefits to the Community

  • Improves electrical system reliability
  • Maintains a robust system for supplying and delivering energy, which is integral to ensuring the continued economic growth and prosperity of the community
  • Improves power quality and reliability


Community engagement allows us to receive input and to share information about this project.

Property owners first received notification about this project in a letter sent in February 2021.

An additional letter summarizing the project schedule was sent in July 2021.

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