A project to replace a series of electrical power poles along Sixth Street in McAlester that’s slated to begin Monday and continue through Jan. 26 is expected to result in some traffic issues.
A single pole is set to be replaced on Monday, Jan. 15, between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. The pole is on Sixth Street, south of Carl Albert Parkway and north of East Choctaw Avenue. The northbound lane of Sixth Street in that area will be closed while the pole is being replaced, according to Frank Phillips, who is External Affairs manager at Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s McAlester office.
Work to replace another 10 poles along North Sixth Street is set to begin Tuesday, Jan. 16, with work scheduled from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. through Jan. 26 by Line Tec Services. Plans call for the work to start at Washington Avenue and continue north to Electric Avenue.
The poles are set for replacement along a route that leads to McAlester Public Schools’ Parker Intermediate Center. Phillips said he has contacted MPS Superintendent Randy Hughes and the city of McAlester about the pole replacement project along North Sixth Street.
“RoadSafe Traffic Systems, a professional traffic control service, will be managing traffic as needed during these pole replacements and drivers should pay increased attention around the work areas,” Phillips said.
The new poles will be installed in place of poles that have been inspected and determined to need replacements, according to Phillips.