Bernal has been the region in SF with the largest number of failed/overloaded wood utility poles. The pole owners have a massive, years-long backlog in reinforcing and replacing poles to make them safe. Unfortunately, until that's done, we're stuck, unable to deploy due to safety.
jclerman wrote: Thanks Dane, that's very helpful to know. Is that the case even along Mission Street itself?
I believe utilities may be underground on Mission. City of SF is currently not permitting new utility construction using trenchless methods such as directional boring or microtrenching, so until that's resolved, we're stuck. Supervisor Farrell was working on this, but his term ended before he was able to complete the legislation - and unfortunately without that pressure, DPW does not seem inclined to modernize their standards.
Telephone poles are either owned by the telephone company or Power companies depending on their location. PG&E would likely be the best source of determining when they will replace a pole in a given area. This would depend on what project they have in the same area and where this lies in order of priority. I would check with them for specifics but I hope I'm able to point you in the right direction. Have a great day.
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