What Are Local Utility Companies Doing to Repair Ugly, Broken Poles?

What Are Local Utility Companies Doing to Repair Ugly, Broken Poles?

Tana Weingartner | WVXU

A car runs into a wooden utility pole, the power company puts up a new pole, but the old one seems to stay there for weeks, annoying neighbors.

“In many cases our guys are going to be the first responders out there because there’s a power outage or lines down,” says Duke Energy Spokeswoman Sally Thelen. “We’ll install a new pole and depending on what infrastructure is on the existing pole, in those regards we need to wait for the other utilities to come in and relocate their utilities before the pole gets pulled and removed.”

Frustrated homeowners in East Hyde Park say they’ve been waiting more than a year for someone to take down a damaged utility pole that looks like it’s barely held together by rope and caution tape. Their comments on the website NextDoor led WVXU to question the repair system…(Read the full story)

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