bentpoleA power company crew was on the scene at midday Thursday. (Click to enlarge)

Three days after redbankgreen reported that a jury-rigged utility pole was again leaning precariously over Broad Street in Red Bank, a Jersey Central Power & Light/First Energy crew arrived on the scene earlier today to begin fixing it.

Coincidence? We don’t think so.

The pole, on the east side of Broad between Pinckney Road and East Bergen Place, got a temporary fix back in early June, when a crew cinched it to a new, adjacent pole with heavy rope, but left it loaded up with heavy transformers.. Ditto for a pole directly opposite on Broad, which wasn’t as serious cracked and bent.

redbankgreen called the company on Monday to report that the pole appeared to be leaning far over the street again, and a spokeswoman told us that someone would from the company would look into it.

On Wednesday, the spokeswoman said that a crew would be removing the equipment at the top of the pole in a day or two. She added that the pole belongs to another utility company.

A worker on the scene today tells us that today’s effort involves prep work only, and that moving the transformers to the new poles will require shutting off power in the area for several hours. No information was immediately available on when that would occur.