Watch above: Several hydro poles are smack in the middle of a brand new sidewalk near Henri-Bourassa and Pie-IX. Elysia Bryan-Baynes has the details.
MONTREAL – It’s a bizarre mix-up between the city and Hydro-Quebec; several hydro poles are in the middle of a brand new sidewalk near Careffour Henri-Bourassa.
The city says it notified Hydro-Quebec of plans to widen the sidewalk at the corner of Henri-Bourrassa and Pie-IX several years ago.
The work on the corner is part of a three year, $24 million project.
Hydro-Quebec officials say they didn’t get the specifics in time.
“We didn’t receive the information in time to install the new electrical system before the sidewalk was made,” explains Jean-Philippe Rousseau from Hydro-Quebec.
“We have an agreement with the City of Montreal that this situation is temporary.”
Several poles were taken down late Thursday afternoon. The rest will be taken out by the beginning of August.
“We have to transfer some electrical equipment from the old pole to the new pole. Then when where is no equipment on each old pole, we can remove them,” said Rousseau.
Contractors hired by the city will fill the holes at no extra cost once all the poles are removed.
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