Another community reports utility poles stranded in roads

The mayor of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, southwest of Montreal, says his town has been waiting six months for Hydro Quebec to remove the poles.

Construction crews paving around the poles

A construction crew paved around a utility pole inside a lane near Johnville in Quebec's Eastern Townships, pictured here earlier this week. (CBC)

The mayor of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, southwest of Montreal, said his city has been waiting six months for Hydro Quebec to remove utility poles stranded in the middle of newly paved roads.

Crews simply paved around the poles while doing the roadwork, leaving the obstacles standing in the roadway.

Earlier this week, Yvon Roy, a city councillor for Johnville in Quebec's Easter Townships told the CBC his town had the same problem.

Roy said construction crews repaved a section of highway approaching the town two months ago. But, instead of removing the utility pole back, they paved around it.

Salaberry-de-Valleyfield Mayor Denis Lapointe said the city injected $15 million to repair his city's main road, Victoria Street.

He said the contractor asked Hydro Quebec to remove three utility poles when the work was finished six months ago.

Last week the city started making its own calls to the public utility.

"If you hit it, it's an accident and it could be a fatality. That's why we put pressure on Hydro Quebec," said Lapointe.

The mayor said he is surprised the contractor who worked on the road would have completed the his work while the utility poles were still in the roads.

"I have been mayor for the last 17 years. I've never seen that. A contractor putting asphalt around the post," said Lapointe.

Hydro Quebec told the CBC that the poles in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield will be removed by Friday evening.