Pole Cable Distribution System (PCDS)
Also known as a Modular Cable System (MCDS) or marketed under the name "DOTPLUG", the PCDS was initially developed by MG Squared, Inc. and Duraline. This system eliminates a number of problems presented with current non-AASHTO compliant wiring methods.
Electrical Hazards & Copper Theft
Some States are finding that the use of an AASHTO compliant Pole Cable Distribution System (PCDS) not only reduces the risk of electrical shock to maintenance crews, rescue personnel, and the public; but is thwarting highway copper thieves after the precious metal inside their lighting systems.
As we begin 2017 many state department of transportation’s (DOT’s) are still just now becoming familiar with the recent publication from AASHTO - Standard Specifications for Structural Supports for Highway Signs, Luminaires and Traffic Signals – 2001. This section states the requirements to ensure predictable and safe displacement of the breakaway support.