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  • Oct 26, 2020

Many years ago we ran an “ugly pole contest”, and we found some really ugly transmission and distribution poles around the US and the world. Of course, nobody “designed” these visual atrocities, but some how and some way they morphed. Paint peeled, cable TV and phone was attached, a transformer or switch was hung, and the little trees grew into big trees trimmed to protect system reliability. So, it’s great to see transmission owners, in particular, design and build aesthetically pleasing and attractive structures. When we route and permit T&D overhead poles, our customers remind us that aesthetics do matter. Look for new ideas herein and work with your pole suppliers for what they can actually fabricate. A great example is BOLD from AEP at

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Matt Chester on Oct 26, 2020

Any chance you have photos from the ugly poles of old? I tried to Google to get an image as to just how ugly they could get but my search turned up empty!

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Mike Beehler on Oct 27, 2020

Here are a couple of examples I have on hand:


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