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City conducting emergency inspection after streetlight pole falls

A streetlight pole is shown toppled on the ground on 9 Ave. SE. (PHOTO: Skye Bolton, Facebook)

A streetlight pole fell unexpectedly on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019

Six additional poles were removed today as a safety precaution

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — A fallen streetlight in Kensington has prompted the City of Calgary to complete an emergency inspection of other streetlight poles on 9 Ave. southeast.

After a pole fell unexpectedly on Monday, six additional poles were removed today along 9 Ave. as a safety precaution. No one was injured in the Monday incident.

The inspection is expected to be completed by Wednesday and the City anticipates that more poles will be removed following the inspection.

Temporary lighting is being installed until the city can engage with the community and BIA to decide what will replace the existing poles.

While the City has an annual inspection program for street light poles, they are inspected based on the highest average age by neighbourhood.

In addition, locations, where poles are close to the road, are examined because they are subjected to salt spray which can accelerate deterioration.

A streetlight pole on 9 Ave. toppled to the ground on Monday, October 9, 2019. (PHOTO: Skye Bolton, Facebook)

The 25-year-old poles on 9 Ave. were to found to have deteriorated much faster than their typical lifespan of 50 years, according to Canace Bain, a senior leader of construction for the City.

The shrouds at the base of the lamps were retaining moisture which may have contributed to the deterioration.

Earlier this year the city inspected similar poles with shrouds in Mission. Three poles have been replaced this year and the rest are scheduled to be replaced over the next five years.

Bain says it’s too early to say how much it will cost to replace the streetlight poles on 9 Ave.

In a statement, the city said it continues to improve its standards as technology evolves, acknowledging that issues with different types of poles have been identified.

Now all poles installed in Calgary are galvanized or powder coated in addition, to extend the life of the pole.