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JUST ASK SHANE: When will They Replace the Street Light Pole on Van Giesen?

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WEST RICHLAND, WA - A viewer wants to know why it's taking so long to replace a street light pole that was knocked down in an accident.  Sami sent us a Facebook message asking, "Why hasn't the City of West Richland fixed the light poles on Keene and Van Giesen that were hit by a driver several months ago?"

Sami, your timing is impeccable.  I talked with West Richland's public works director, and the light pole you're talking about is actually getting replaced this week.  In fact, when I drove by the intersection on Saturday, the pole was still lying on the ground.  but when i went back on Tuesday, it was gone.

The reason it took so long to replace is because they needed to special order a pole to meet Washington State Department of Transportation standards because that stretch of Van Giesen is a state highway, SR 224.

"It's taken abnormally long, and it's because it's a special order street light pole.  If it was a city-standard one, typically it takes us 30 to 60 days to get them switched out," said Roscoe Slade, West Richland's public works director.

It's taken about 14 weeks to get the new pole ordered and delivered.  Slade says it's been a rough year for the city's street light poles. They've had to replace four light poles in the last 12 months.  Slade says they usually only see one or two knocked out of commission in a typical year.

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