Heads up! Phone pole crowds concrete sidewalk

Construction crews continue to work at Polygon
Construction crews continue to work at Polygon's Mayfair Place condo complex on Odlin Road, where a telephone pole sprouts from the middle of a freshly-poured sidewalk.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

No, it's not some Georgian-inspired design style.

But if you're texting, tweeting or surfing on your iPhone or Blackberry while walking on the sidewalk in front of the new Mayfair Place residential development on Odlin Road, it may just deliver a jarring message.

On Sunday, Graeme Bone (@graemebone) tweeted about the new Polygon residential development between No. 4 Road and Garden City, and how a wooden telephone pole sprouts from centre of the freshly laid concrete sidewalk in front of the multi-family project.

"New building, new sidewalk...and this. Would someone like to explain? #richmondbc gov? @polygonhomes?" Bone said on Twitter.

On Monday morning, Polygon explained that the telephone pole is temporary, and will eventually be replaced by underground service.

How long that will take before it's complete, Polygon didn't say, and a call to the developer's head office was not immediately returned on Monday afternoon.

But Bone still had concerns.

"I can accept that pole in sidewalk is temp, but would have preferred a more people friendly solution," he tweeted, adding: "Not blaming the Polygon though. The city needs to provide better guidance when developers build public infrastructure."

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