UPDATE: Hydro removing poles in middle of new sidewalk

Hydro Quebec says three of the poles in the middle of the newly-poured sidewalk at the corner of Henri-Bourassa and Pie-IX in Montreal North will be removed by the end of the day.

Spokesperson Annie Boucher says Hydro Quebec couldn't remove the poles before the cement was poured because it didn't get the information in time.

City officials say Hydro was notified before the project started, three years ago. Spokesperson Jacques Alain Lavallee says officials knew Hydro would not be removing the poles in time but needed to build the new sidewalk anyway.

"We decided to go ahead knowing it was a temporary situation and that in a few days the poles would be removed."

He said waiting a few days for Hydro to remove the poles before laying the cement would have delayed the construction site.

Hydro Quebec says the remaining poles should be gone by the first week of August.

In the meantime, some residents say they're fed up.

"The situation is ridiculous. We have the construction from 7 AM to 7 PM, six days a week, for the last three years. Now they're going to cut them down and do it all over again. No one is communicating," Daniel Gadouri said.

The city says there will be no additional cost to fill the holes in the new sidewalk once the poles are gone.

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  1. Joe posted on 07/24/2014 09:03 AM
    Why would anyone even leave a comment. The picture speaks for itself. Montreal at its best that would say it all. Hydro may have screwed up, but the contractor should have just phoned the city and told them the situation and fined the city for making them move other contracts around to do this one, and call us back when the poles are removed, instead of having the usual union attitude,,,,,,its not my job to call, let them figure it out. No wonder this city is going down the tubes and is the laughing stock of North America.
    1. Drew posted on 07/24/2014 09:54 AM
      @Joe Union attitude lol lol lol that is called contracting out no unionized member involved. It is the contractor charging $30,000 for the sidewalk and knowing he will be back to tear it up and charge $50,000 for his new sidewalk.
    2. markR posted on 07/24/2014 10:06 AM
      @Joe Not that simple with Hydro Quebec. I am still waiting for them to come remove the old poles that were replaced last November!!! It's bureaucracy at it's best and what this province excels at. Common sense is rare and incompetence is supreme.
  2. sam posted on 07/24/2014 09:43 AM
    it is the same thing on legare outside the new emergency department of the jewish general hospital!
  3. steve posted on 07/24/2014 10:39 AM
    Welcome to the banana republic of Quebec.Only here dysfunctional incompetence is called "culture" Oh...Is that Quebec bashing? Excuse-moi.
    1. Kat posted on 07/24/2014 01:13 PM
      @steve Yes this sounds like a Quebec thing. In St-Eustache they redid our street made it bigger but left the Hydro pole right in the middle. Paved right around it. There must have been 1 accident a week, Back ins, side scrapes and head-ons.
  4. jonico posted on 07/24/2014 10:52 AM
    Typical unionized workers - do what's on the worksheet & forget about asking obvious questions - HIGHLY PAID ZOOMBIES!!!!
    1. Richard posted on 07/25/2014 08:11 AM
      @jonico Did you read the article or do you just blame the unions every time it rains? Here read this part again

      Spokesperson Jacques Alain Lavallee says officials knew Hydro would not be removing the poles in time but needed to build the new sidewalk anyway.

      "We decided to go ahead knowing it was a temporary situation and that in a few days the poles would be removed."

      What obvious questions were to be asked? How do you know that they were not asked.....

      Learn something about unions before you trash them.

      Who was it who said "its better to remain silent and be though of as a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt
  5. Joe posted on 07/24/2014 12:57 PM
    They've done the same thing on Churchill street in Greenfield Park. 4 years after digging up the road to change the sewers, they still haven't finished the street properly.
  6. Paul posted on 07/29/2014 07:38 PM
    Here in Pt St Charles, many of the electric power lines have been buried under ground and the street lighting has been replaced.
    No more overhanging wires.
    But wait, the Hydro poles are still here, holding up Videotron cables!
    It's been 10 years at least and they are still here.
    There doesn't seem to be any plan to remove them.
  7. Geo posted on 07/29/2014 09:59 PM
    The city says there will be no additional cost to fill the holes in the new sidewalk once the poles are gone.

    Unbelievable. Extraordinary. A miracle. It wont cost us a dime.

    So the guys who end up repairing the sidewalks are working for free ?

    Please let me know the name of the "city" accountant who figures all this out. He is a genius and with him at the helm, I'll retire in 2 years.
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