What are they doing on Gibson Hill Road, somebody asked yesterday. The short answer is they’re working on the power lines.
While they’re doing that, Gibson Hill has been restricted to one lane along that segment of the road, just up the hill from the roundabout at North Albany Road.
For a longer answer, I contacted Brandon Zero, my public information contact at Pacific Power in Portland. (PP&L used to have an active local representative for things like this, but the person I used to work with retired years ago, and if somebody took her place, I haven’t heard from that person.)
In any case, here’s what Brandon told me via email:
“Our service crews are working to maintain electrical facilities to preserve system reliability and safety. Work included an emergency power interruption yesterday from approximately 10:45 a.m. to 11 a.m., and additional facilities maintenance. Pacific Power appreciates customers’ patience as we work to install system upgrades.”
From the looks of it, this work of “system upgrades” included replacing wooden power poles with new ones. It would be interesting — well, mildly interesting anyway — to know how long the old ones had been there.
How long are power poles supposed to last? If somebody knows, I’d be grateful for a comment on that point.
As for how much longer this current work on North Albany poles or lines would go on, and how long traffic might be affected, my Pacific Power contact had no information on that. (hh)