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Power Pole Replacements in Franklin, Indiana

Transmission Investments

Project Background

The 6948 Schoolhouse Road pole replacement project is part of the Duke Energy Transmission Reliability Improvement Plan to upgrade and replace aging wood utility power poles with new steel poles. As part of our dedication to build a smarter energy framework in Johnson County, Duke Energy will be making improvements to an existing 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Franklin. The upgrades help improve electric service reliability and resiliency and accommodate future growth. 

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Project Need

Recent inspections found a need to replace or repair approximately 18 wood utility poles on the transmission line. This project will improve the reliability of the network that serves this community. We want to share our plans with customers and answer any questions about this project. 

Preconstruction activities such as vegetation clearing and staking of the outer edges of the utility easement will begin in January 2022. This preparation of the easement area allows our construction crews safe and reliable access. 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.

Crews will assemble in winter 2022 to begin the layout of materials and preparation for construction. Construction is expected to begin in March through April 2022, followed by restoration in May of 2022. The construction schedule could change due to circumstances such as weather conditions.

Project Description

The wood utility poles will be replaced with steel pole construction. The new steel poles are up to 10 feet taller than the present wood poles and more reliable than the wood poles. The new poles will be built within 5 feet of the existing pole locations.


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

Property owners first received notification about this project in May 2021 followed by a postcard invitation to attend virtual public informational meetings in July 2021.


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Community Benefits

These investments will help our customers in many ways now and for many years to come.
  • Helps Improve Electric System Reliability

  • Provides a more robust system for supplying and delivering energy, which is integral to ensure continued economic growth and prosperity of the community

  • Helps Improve Power Quality Delivery

 Join us for a Live Webinar

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re hosting two online informational webinars rather than in-person meetings. These real-time meetings will be held via the Webex web conferencing service and can be accessed at either of the links below or by calling 1.415.655.0003 and entering access code: 173 305 6399.

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