FKEC Conducts Helicopter-Based Inspection of Transmission Line

Posted: April 17, 2024 at 10:15 am

Florida Keys Electric Cooperative will conduct its annual helicopter-based inspections and maintenance along U.S. 1 starting the week of April 22, 2024. The work is estimated to last two weeks, weather-dependent. The aerial survey will take place from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with the daily location (between Marathon and Ocean Reef) 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 annual 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. While FKEC does use drone technology to survey power equipment, highly trained linepersons working from the helicopter currently remain the most effective way to complete a project of this scale.

FKEC members with questions can call member service at 305-852-2431.