Vandrae Fox of Creve Coeur, Mo., checks the stability of light poles on Beach Street in Wood River.
WOOD RIVER — Ameren Illinois-contracted employees are keeping Wood River illuminated by making routine maintenance checks of light poles across town.
“Most of the poles in Wood River were actually put in service around the mid-1960s,” said Vandrae Fox of Creve Coeur, Mo. “These older poles will actually last longer than some of the newer ones because of the materials they’re made of.”
Ameren mandates that the poles must be checked and maintained every three years to keep them functioning. If the poles do not pass inspection, they will be scheduled for replacement by regional contract workers.
“The poles are typically in the range of 34 inches around and 35 feet tall,” Fox said. “The poles that I’ve seen have been in pretty good shape, considering the age ... like this pole was installed in 1969; they are all branded and marked.”
Wood River’s power poles are divided into sections that are inspected in shifts, which helps Ameren detect damage. The west end of town was inspected in 2012 and the east side is undergoing inspection.
To report light pole damage, contact Ameren Illinois at (800) 755-5000 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.