National Grid stockpiles wood to cover rails as it replaces power poles

Approximately 4,200 wooden beams are stacked near Old Military Road in Lake Placid Tuesday to aid in replacing six utility poles on the line along the railroad tracks that feeds Lake Placid’s electrical needs.
(Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

Approximately 4,200 wooden beams are stacked near Old Military Road in Lake Placid Tuesday to aid in replacing six utility poles on the line along the railroad tracks that feeds Lake Placid’s electrical needs. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

LAKE PLACID — Trucks upon trucks loaded with long wooden beams have been coming into Lake Placid over the past few days and stockpiling the beams in a lot on Old Military Road beside the fire department.

Lake Placid’s electric superintendent, Kimball Daby, said National Grid has shipped in about 4,200 wooden beams to aid in replacing electrical poles about a mile down the neighboring railroad tracks. The beams will be lined together tightly to become a temporary road surface for heavy machinery.

Virginia Limmiatis, a spokeswoman for National Grid, said the wood is for “matting” to go across the top of the tracks to protect them.

“Matting is used to reduce or mitigate any damage from tire wheels or equipment,” she said.

Limmiatis and Daby said this work is unrelated to a planned power outage in Lake Placid, scheduled for 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13 until 6 a.m. the next morning. They also said the poles in need of replacement are tangent structures that are safe to work on while active and will not require an outage.

A truck brings more wooden beams to be stacked near Old Military Road in Lake Placid Tuesday. The beams will be used to aid in replacing six utility poles on the electrical line along the railroad tracks that feeds Lake Placid’s electrical needs.
(Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

A truck brings more wooden beams to be stacked near Old Military Road in Lake Placid Tuesday. The beams will be used to aid in replacing six utility poles on the electrical line along the railroad tracks that feeds Lake Placid’s electrical needs. (Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

Limmiatis said National Grid will replace six aged and damaged poles in the coming weeks.

“We did a survey of the poles, and they definitely need replacing,” Limmiatis said.

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