Lost Pines Rebuild
In September of 2011, high winds from Tropical Storm Lee downed power lines in Bastrop, Texas, and sparked what would become the most destructive wildfire in Texas history. The Bastrop County Complex Fire, as it would become known, caused an estimated $325 million in insured property damage. One of the more significantly impacted areas was the Lost Pines Forest and the homes in the region.
Most of the utility poles in Lost Pines were destroyed by the fire, including all communications infrastructure. Now, 10 years later, residents and businesses are rebuilding and moving back.
The revitalization of this area means there is a steady need for access to CATV communications. Our client reached out to ENTRUST Solutions Group, asking us to help them accomplish their rebuild of Lost Pines and assist with the permitting of approximately 3,000 utility poles. The sheer size of this project is well beyond the norm and provided an impressive challenge.
The next step was to carefully survey all poles in each segment, including taking photographs and measurements of every pole. This data was then compiled into applications, including any make ready recommendations necessary to make room on the poles while allowing for clearance and safety regulations.
Because of our strong relationship with the utility and our knowledge of their joint use process, we were able to expedite the submittal and approval process. Having dedicated field teams was critical and made it possible to complete permitting ahead of schedule.