Light poles are simple structures that illuminate the world around us. Made up of rudimentary components, maintaining them can be a simple process. However, it is essential to answer the following questions: What are the primary components of light pole construction and what should we be on the lookout for to avoid failures?
In this primer, WJE structural engineer Leah Ruther (Grand Rapids) explores the answers to those key questions. Ms. Ruther also discusses the six basic components of typical light pole construction, and she provides a brief description, common failure mechanisms, and some advice with regard to when maintenance, mitigation, or replacement might be warranted for each element.
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