Signs of these Times Dept. — Poles being prepped for Fiber
LUS came yesterday and reworked the poles and electricity on my street; ostensibly to fix voltage problems. --They did put in 3 transformers to handle the load formerly carried by one and said that would help stabilize voltage and make it easier and faster to repair damage after a storm. But more interestingly for our readers: they made room for the upcoming fiber in the middle of the pole by moving three wires and the street light currently in the middle to the top of the pole. That consolidated the electricity near the top. So now there is ample room for fiber between the electricity on top and the the cable/phone wires below. (No doubt, a survey of the poles I mentioned in an earlier post found they needed more space on my block. I didn't get my hopes up then.)
One of the linemen explained it all to me. He also said my North Lafayette neighborhood (off Louisiana near Hwy. 90) would be included in the first area built. (Wahooo!!!) From there, he claimed it would go out as far as Pont des Mouton Rd. and, after I queried further, out Johnson to near Don's.
That's a huge chunk of the city...I hope he's right. (At least about my little block. I'm gonna burn a candle...) Now I'm looking forward to an announcement. I speculated earlier that LUS might bite off a big chunk initially based on the way the budget was structured. This encourages me to think I might have been right.
While doing final Christmas shopping yesterday I saw an Atlantic Engineering truck with magnetic LUS and "Utility survey" stickers on the side tooling down Johnson. All the signs are good...
(If you have a construction sighting you'd like to report, just drop me a line. I'd love to hear about it.)