HARRISONBURG (WHSV) -- New poles are being installed to make way for a wider Reservoir Street.
The tricky part is getting the poles to stand up. They are brought in on a truck and put on the ground. Getting them in the air is a balance of skill and patience.
"It's wonderful to see our city grow and expand," shared Rick Altizer from Harrisonburg's Public Works Department.
He said installing the power poles is just a small part of the project that is expected to last for years to come.
“Road construction will start summer of 2015 on into 2017,” Altizer continued.
Getting the poles into the air is not easy task, though these guys make it look simple.
"The ones we've gotten for this project have ranged between 15,000 and 20,000 pounds," explained Zach Nyce from the Harrisonburg Electric Commission.
They've placed 16 poles along the road using a crane to pick them up and lower them into place. With heavy equipment so close to these power lines, the crews always have to keep safety in mind.
"Right now, the transmission line that runs parallel with Reservoir Street - that has been de-energized," concluded Nyce.
If you're power needs to be shut off temporarily for this project, they'll give you a heads up. Now that the poles are all in place, the next step will be hanging the cables between them.
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