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What are utility poles?

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Utility poles are the poles used to run telephone, cable, fibre optic and electric lines above the street. They also support transformers and street lamps. Utility poles are named as such because of the public utilities that utilize them for infrastructural needs.

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Utility poles are traditionally made from tall species of wood, such as Coastal Douglas Fir, Southern Yellow Pine, Western Cedar, Red Pine and Lodgepole Pine. Birds often use utility poles as a place for nesting and are often seen resting on the wires between, or directly on, poles. Some utilities in certain areas run underground and do not utilize utility poles for wires to reduce visual pollution and lessen the risk of utility outages from accidents and extreme weather.

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