With credit to Boaty McBoatface, it’s time for Toronto to have its own Poley McPoleface.
In part 126 of this series, I introduced initial documentation of a pole being replaced as part of Toronto Hydro’s so called “aging assets” replacement program.
To recap, Toronto Hydro, with approval from the Ontario Energy Board, is seven years into massive spending spree both agencies claim is required to replace aging assets. While it is true that Toronto Hydro has some aging assets that need replacement, much of the spending spree is being wasted.
The pole shown here is part of a project called the Scarlett – St. Clair Overhead Rebuild. Of Toronto Hydro’s over $400 million in capital spending this year, the Scarlett – St. Clair project is just a small part — only $1.68 million. Some of that project is focused on ripping out brand new equipment and replacing it with identical equipment. One example is this pole, photographed this February 24, February 29, and April 5.
The original pole’s identification stamp indicates that the replaced unit was Western Red Cedar, butt treated with pentachlorophenol, and produced by the manufacturer Stella-Jones in 2010.
Properly managed and regulated Ontario utilities once managed to keep this type of pole in service for between 30 and 60 plus years. These figures include all poles removed from service, including any damaged by vehicles or animals. None of these mishaps impinged this piece of infrastructure which was in mint condition prior to its demolition and replacement with identical equipment.