Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pole Repair 1: Scraping

The City of Memphis has recently undergone repair work to the various street lamp, utility and intersection poles along Madison.  Many of these poles are more than 80 years old, having once been used for the overhead catenary streetcar wires.  Needless to say, they were in dire need of rehabilitation.  The first step in this project was scraping the old grey paint off. 

Before the paint scraping could begin, the signs had to be removed from the poles.

The workers wore ventilation masks to ensure they inhaled none of the paint chips.

The sidewalks at the base of the poles were covered with plastic tarp so paint would not splatter.