More than 200 aging power poles will be replaced in Coquitlam as part of BC Hydro’s effort to upgrade 8,000 across the province this year.
In some instances, the Crown corporation said crews may need to disconnect power to homes and businesses when replacing the poles, but will notify customers in-person, by mail or by phone about the scheduled outages.
“Replacing power poles is one of the investments BC Hydro is making to its aging infrastructure to improve the safety and reliability of the electricity system,” the utility provider said in an email.
A typical pole will stand on average for 40 to 50 years, however some in the Lower Mainland date back to the 1930s. BC Hydro oversees 900,000 wooden poles across the province, which hold 58,000 km of distribution lines as well as 278,000 overhead transformers.