FKEC to Conduct Helicopter-Based Inspection of Transmission Line

Posted: March 30, 2021 at 11:05 am

Florida Keys Electric Cooperative will conduct its annual helicopter inspections and maintenance along U.S. 1 starting the week of April 5, 2021. The project is extended to continue in May depending on weather conditions (date changed from the initial news release). The aerial work will be performed from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the daily location, between Marathon and Ocean Reef, will be determined by wind and traffic conditions.

Business owners and residents along U.S. 1 from the Monroe County Line to Marathon are asked to secure any loose, unattached items such as furniture, plants or other goods displayed near or below the main transmission lines.

FKEC asks you to please drive safely while this inspection is in progress, and keep your focus on the road and not the helicopter flying overhead.

The aerial inspection increases the reliability of our local electric service and ultimately prevents power outages through regular system maintenance. With over 1,600 transmission poles to survey, including eleven miles over water and many land-based poles in hard to reach places, FKEC is using a helicopter contractor to execute the project efficiently and accurately.

FKEC members with questions can call member service at 852-2431.