Paradise utility poles remain on Topsail Road

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Newfoundland Power expects companies to remove cables in next few weeks

There remains one aspect of work to widen a portion of Topsail Road in Paradise that needs to be completed.

Utility poles slated for removal on Topsail Road in Paradise will require work from requisite companies that have lines running to homes and businesses before Newfoundland Power can remove them as part of the road-widening project ongoing in the area. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Utility poles are still positioned next to a new sidewalk located along a stretch of the road adjacent to Octagon Pond.

Vehicles would be able to park in those spaces if not for the presence of the utility poles, which have concrete blocks installed beside them with caution colours to prevent vehicles from potentially hitting the poles.

Newfoundland Power is responsible for removing the poles, but according to a spokeswoman for the electric utility company, it needs other businesses to first remove their own communications cables.

“Unfortunately, Newfoundland Power cannot remove these poles until all communications cables are removed from the poles by Eastlink, Rogers and (Bell) Aliant,” wrote the spokeswoman in an email to The Telegram.

Those companies have reportedly advised Newfoundland Power that the cables in question should be removed within the next three weeks. The spokeswoman said Newfoundland Power will remove the poles shortly after that work is finished.

Work to widen that stretch of Topsail Road represented Phase 2 of the overall project for the road, covering a one-kilometre portion west of McNamara Drive to Glenelder Drive.

A multi-year capital works project valued at $7.6 million was announced in September 2012 to support upgrades to Topsail Road and Karwood Drive.

The provincial government contributed $5 million to the project, with the Town of Paradise responsible for the remaining $2.6 million.

Organizations: Newfoundland Power, Bell, Aliant

Geographic location: Topsail Road

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