On Friday, Sept.15, City of Bryan Planning staff members accepted the 2023 General Plan Award from the American Planning Association Texas Chapter’s Central Section.
You have likely noticed BTU crews out and about, working on power lines and other electrical equipment in our community, no matter the time of day or what the weather is like outside. As we celebrate National Lineworker Appreciation Month, we hope you can join us in recognizing just how crucial these unsung heroes are in powering our daily lives.
Did you know the equipment and tools that a lineworker carries while climbing a utility pole can weigh up to 50 pounds? That’s as heavy as six gallons of water. And they can climb utility poles up to 120 feet tall. Lineworkers must be committed to their career—because it’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle. The long hours and ever-present risks can truly take a toll. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists line work among the 10 most dangerous civilian jobs in the nation.
During severe weather events that bring major power outages, lineworkers are among the first ones called. They must be ready to leave the comfort of their homes and families, and may not return until days later. That’s why a lineworker’s family must also be dedicated to service. When storms arise, crews may work rotating 16-hour shifts until all customers have been restored. Shortcuts are not an option, and there is little room for error in this line of work. The job requires years of training and hands-on experience working with high-voltage equipment.
BTU employs more than 40 lineworkers, who maintain more than 2,400 miles of distribution lines across a 650-square-mile service territory. Without the exceptional dedication and commitment of these hardworking men and women, we would not have the reliable electricity needed for everyday life.
The next time you see a lineworker, please thank them for the work they do to keep our community powered, regardless of the time of day or weather conditions.