BC Hydro crews work to replace a power pole. Replacement work has been ongoing throughout the year.

South Surrey and White Rock power poles being replaced

Old poles have been undergoing replacement throughout the year.

Work is ongoing to replace aging power poles in Surrey and White Rock.

BC Hydro spokesperson Mora Scott said crews began digging and setting poles earlier this year as part of the utility’s maintenance program. It will continue until next spring, by which time 700 poles throughout the two cities will have been replaced.

Province-wide, more than 10,000 poles are being replaced.

“More than 20 per cent of our wooden poles are more than 40 years old,” Scott explained.

In some cases, the replacement work will require crews to disconnect power. If that is deemed necessary, efforts will be made to notify customers, Scott said.

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