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Pole position: Motorists swerve around hydro pole smack in the middle of Quebec highway

An electric pole stands in the middle of a road in Johnville, Que. on Monday Nov. 19, 2012. (The Canadian Pres …

The Montreal area has been complaining about its outdated infrastructure for years, but residents will surely spare some of their whinging for this newly-paved road.

Stare hard at the photo above and you will notice that there is a massive hydro pole protruding inelegantly from the middle of that highway.

UPDATE: Canada's most infamous utility pole has since been removed.

The Canadian Press reports that "communication problems" are being blamed for this ridiculous snafu, located on a provincial highway east of Montreal.

Obviously it takes three shades of stupid to make something like this happen. The mistake reportedly occurred due to miscommunication between Quebec's power utility, its transportation authority and the contractor that, albeit skillfully, erected a hydro pole in the centre of a highway.

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We hate to ask, because it's kind of a touchy subject at the moment, but... there's no way we could put the mob back in charge of these things, is there?

Pole position: Motorists swerve around hydro pole smack in the middle of a Quebec highway