Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority

Sacaton Peak, AZ

Working through relentless heat, steep and rocky terrain, and deteriorating poles, Wilson successfully replaced approximately one mile of #2 ACSR, 20 wood poles, service wire, and various transformers. Throughout the project, crews had no vehicle access to 95 percent of the poles. Crews utilized Wilson's Agusta AW 119 Koala helicopter to transport poles, compressors and tools—weights that exceeded 2,000 pounds—to each pole location.

Committed Wilson crew members jackhammered through solid earth in 108 degree weather after hiking to the desolate pole locations. Once digging was complete, poles were flown in, placed, and backfilled. New conductor was then flown in and crew members clipped in and energized the new line.