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District of Columbia Double Pole Reports

Double Pole Removal Process


Utility poles owned by Pepco typically have equipment attached to them that belongs to other utilities. Before we can remove an old pole, all utilities, not just Pepco, must first transfer their equipment to the new pole.


The locations of double poles are added to the National Joint Use Notification System NJUNS which is used by the utilities in the District of Columbia and states nationwide. All utilities in our region voluntarily participate in this process to help track the progress of removing double poles.


The equipment typically must be removed in sequential order from top to bottom. Pepco normally initiates the process by transferring our wires and equipment. Generally, the order is as follows:


-Pepco transfers equipment

-DDOT transfers equipment

-RCN transfers equipment

-Verizon transfers equipment

-Comcast transfers equipment

-Pepco inspects poles to ensure all equipment has been transferred

-The old pole is removed

-NJUNS sends an automated email to the utilities every time a location is updated or an action is taken.


Poles Awaiting Equipment Transfer


The table below shows the number of poles where the named utility is next in line to transfer their equipment from the old pole to the new pole.


UTILITY POLES AWAITING EQUIPMENT TRANSFER (as of January 10, 2023)


PEPCO 98

DDOT 221

RCN 202

VERIZON 2

COMCAST 151


Identified Double Poles Locations


The locations of double poles are managed through the National Joint Use Notification System. Double Poles have been identified at the locations below (as of AUGUST 2, 2021). To view the location of double poles click here.


https://www.pepco.com/MyAccount/CustomerSupport/Pages/ReportDoublePoles(DC).aspx


Reporting of dangling wires and cables:


Community members can report these to Ms. Mabel Gist of the Office of Cable Television, mabel.gist@dc.gov or go to https://pepco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/GeoForm/index.html?appid=3e512decac1c4325b12b6b2c728e6012.


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