WHAT IS IT? Hannibal Board of Public Works lineworkers replace one of three poles near Hannibal High School on Thursday, Aug. 4

Before students once again fill classrooms in Hannibal's schools, Board of Public Works lineworkers made sure a new trio of utility poles were in place near Hannibal High School.

Line Foreman Kenny Garcia said the poles sustained insect damage and were likely installed in the 1950s. Over the past week, crew members worked on transferring power and installing the new poles, making sure to schedule power outages at 7:30 a.m. to minimize interruptions for school district employees.

The lineworkers installed a new pole Thursday morning using two boom lift trucks. Garcia said the crew would replace the underground primary pole on Friday, bringing one more power outage at 7:30 a.m. That replacement will wrap up the project for this part of the campus.

Garcia said that one or two more utility poles would be replaced as well. With a new school year just around the corner, BPW employees ensured that power needs and new equipment were ready just in time.

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