Hydro poles embedded in Montreal sidewalk

A hydro pole in the middle of the sidewalk on Boulevard Henri-Bourassa in east Montreal, July 22,...

A hydro pole in the middle of the sidewalk on Boulevard Henri-Bourassa in east Montreal, July 22, 2014. (SARAH BELISLE/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:51 PM ET

MONTREAL — A city paving crew didn't ask questions when they saw two hydro poles in their path — they kept on pouring concrete, leaving the pole smack in the middle of a finished sidewalk.

Residents in an east-end Montreal neighbourhood are scratching their heads but Hydro-Quebec and the city insist it was an example of good planning.

Hydro-Quebec had planned to move the two poles that were in the sidewalk's path.

Instead, they installed two new poles and didn't remove the old ones before the paving crew arrived.

Hydro-Quebec said they decided to leave the poles embedded in the sidewalk to ensure no one lost power during the construction work.

"We decided that the best technical solution was to leave the poles there temporarily so the entire worksite wasn't delayed," said Hydro spokeswoman Julie Boucher.

City spokesman Jacques-Alain Lavallee says the contractor will bear the costs of removing the poles and patching up the holes.

 


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