November 20, 2012
Hydro pole in the middle of the road
By QMI Agency
ESTRIE, Que. - When driving in Quebec, watch out for the hydro poles, especially the ones sticking out of the middle of the road.
A road about 180 km east of Montreal was recently widened so drivers didn't have to manoeuvre around a bend that was deemed dangerous. However, the transport department and the hydro utility didn't communicate to have two hydro poles removed.
The regional director for the transport department admitted there was a miscommunication with Hydro-Quebec.
"It's unacceptable," said Gilles Bourque. "As the one responsible for the regional transport network, we should have ensured that this didn't happen."
Gilles Therrien, owner of the company that executed the work, said he was embarrassed about the poles, but there was nothing he could do - he was just following orders, he said.
"Everyone knows it looks crazy," he told QMI Agency. "But the transport department is our client. You must understand, I was somewhat uncomfortable to criticize them."
It will cost up to $10,000 to remove the poles and repair the road again.
The poles were reportedly removed late Tuesday.