FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro will be replacing 160 hydro poles in the community this year. Poles tend to last 40-50 years, and there are approximately 70,000 poles that have been in service for 50 years.
Wooden poles eventually weaken as a result of adverse weather, insects, and wildlife.
In all there are approximately 900,000 poles in the province according to a Hydro release. The work is part of a program will see the replacement of 12,000 poles over the next number of months.
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Going forward Hydro may need to disconnect power during the process to ensure the safety of its workers and the public.