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.