Hydro Poles in middle of sidewalk near Jewish General

CJAD has heard from listeners about another example of Hydro Quebec poles sitting in the middle of new sidewalks, this time in Côte-Des-Neiges

There are seven poles sticking out of the sidewalk on Légaré Street, between de la Peltrie and Côte-Sainte-Catherine,  just outside the Jewish General Hospital.

Mothers with strollers said the situation was frustrating because there isn’t room for them to walk by.

"It's taking half the place, it bothers us but we can't do anything about it, we walk here all the time to see the doctor, "Yumma Noor said.

"For the public, for old people with walkers, especially near a hospital, it's not safe," another woman added.  

Resident Schneur Rabin said he filed a complaint with the city because the poles have been there for close to a year.

"I voice complaints whenever I see things that are senseless because our tax dollars should be put towards helping the community and when you have poles in the middle of the sidewalk and two people can't walk in the opposite direction at the same time, it's inconvenient," he said.

Hydro Quebec says the situation is temporary.

Spokesperson Jean-Philippe Rousseau, says all the cables will be moved underground by 2016.  He says in the meantime this is the best scenario given the amount of construction work on the hospital and in the area.

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