Our goal at Duke Energy is to provide reliable energy day and night to the communities we serve. To keep that commitment, we’re improving a 4,500-feet (.9-mile) section of high-voltage transmission line on Riggs Avenue in Erlanger, Ky.
Duke Energy is committed to providing cost-effective and reliable energy to our customers in Northern Kentucky. After our continual evaluation of the energy grid, we have identified a need to upgrade the existing electric system in this area.
The project begins at our Donaldson Substation at the corner of 501 Erlanger Road and Riggs Avenue and runs to the Village Care center, located at 2990 Riggs Ave. The construction involves rebuilding a 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line along with a 12-kV distribution line that carries energy into homes and businesses.
The new transmission line will be supported by approximately 20 steel poles ranging between 85 and 105 feet above ground – about 10 to 15 feet taller than the current wood poles in the neighborhood. Most of the poles will be about 90 feet above ground.
The new steel poles are more reliable and require less ongoing maintenance (and therefore cause less disturbance to neighborhoods) and lower replacement costs.
Duke Energy has been converting to steel poles to address concerns of system reliability and integrity. Steel poles are already being used in Duke Energy’s other service territories in the Carolinas and Florida. Duke Energy is joining the majority of utility companies across the country that have already transitioned to steel poles.
Staking and survey work within the Duke Energy easement will begin in October.
Vegetation clearing is scheduled for December. Crews will remove trees within the utility easement and also prune and remove any adjacent trees that may interfere with the safe operation of transmission line equipment. Read more about rights of way for transmission lines.
Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2018 and be completed the following December.
Upon completion of the project, the easement will be restored as closely as possible to its original condition.
Benefits to the Community
Improves power quality and reliability, including during severe weather events.
Community engagement allows us to receive input and to share information about this project.
Property owners first received information about the project in an October letter. Duke Energy will continue to provide updates through the progression of the project.