Southeast BartlesvilleTransmission Improvements Project

Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) representatives plan to upgrade the electric transmission system in Washington County. Crews plan to begin construction in summer 2023 and conclude in late 2023.

This project involves rebuilding about 5 miles of power line with steel single-pole structures and upgrading area substations to increase electric reliability for customers, reduce maintenance frequency and strengthen the line against weather impacts. Company representatives plan to rebuild the power line in the existing right-of-way.

Project Updates

Fall 2023: PSO crews and contractors began construction activities in June and began replacing structures in July. Crews continue to work on rebuilding the transmission line and PSO representatives expect construction to conclude by the end of the year.

Spring 2023: PSO representatives hosted an in-person open house in Bartlesville at Tri County Tech on Feb. 28 for affected members of the public to learn more about the project from project team members.

As PSO representatives prepare to rebuild the line, crews plan to begin clearing right-of-way access and installing gates and culverts in early June on select properties along the power line route. The gates and culverts allow PSO representatives to safely access areas within the company’s easements. This work might involve removing fences, woody-stemmed vegetation and other obstructions from the right-of-way area where necessary. Crews plan to start rebuilding the transmission line in late June immediately following the installation of gates and culverts. PSO representatives expect construction to conclude in late 2023.

Fall 2022: Coates Field Service, Inc., serves as PSO's right-of-way representative for this project. Coates representatives are contacting affected landowners to discuss field activities, easement acquisition and construction. Crews plan to conduct additional field survey work along the power line route, starting in late October and finishing by mid-November.

Fall 2021: PSO crews and contractors plan to perform surveying work in fall 2021 within the utility's right-of-way along and adjacent to the line route. Some of the survey work may require crews to place stakes and ribbon within the company's easement* on your property. Crews plan to use existing streets and pathways wherever possible to access the easement area. PSO takes responsibility should any damage result from the surveying work.

*Easements are defined land rights that property owners grant the utility to allow for the safe construction, operation and maintenance of the power line.


Project Timeline



This project involves the use of single steel poles.

Typical Structure Height: Approximately 85 feet*
Typical Distance Between Structures: Approximately 300 feet*

* Exact structure, height and right-of-way may vary


Property Easements Virtual Open House Project Fact Sheet Access Roads Field Activities

Public Service Company of Oklahoma serves 538,000 customers in Oklahoma.

Matthew Hames

Project Outreach Specialist

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