It was out with the old and in the with new in a Livonia neighborhood last week as DTE crews battled wet conditions to replace an old utility pole. The new pole is significantly taller and thicker than its predecessor, meaning it will be more resistant to severe weather and will help us deliver more reliable service to the area for years to come.

Jordan, who led the crew of overhead and underground linemen on this job, noted how jobs like this will be more and more common as the storm season gets farther in the rear-view mirror. Our crews are only able to prioritize proactive maintenance projects like this when they do not have storm restoration work to do.

“The storms have pushed us back so much,” Jordan said, pointing at the old pole that had begun to lean from years of wear and tear. “Upgrades like this will be super helpful.”

Did you know?

Poles are typically set into the ground at a depth of 10% of the overall pole height plus two feet (except in questionable soil conditions.)

You may see more of our crews in the coming months as part of our accelerated electric reliability projects in your area, including more tree trimming and infrastructure updates. All these projects are underway to improve your service and reliability for the short- and long term.

Make sure to regularly check the Livonia community page to learn more about what’s going on in your neighborhood. You can also follow DTE on Facebook and Twitter for even more updates and information.