The poles are in the median of Interlocken Loop in Broomfield, Colorado, between Interlocken and Eldorado Boulevard. Maybe they are 40 feet high.This office park was built-up in the mid-1990s so my rough estimate of the age of these poles is just under twenty years. Doesn't this seem like a short life span for municipal lighting infrastructure?
Here's a closeup of the thin pole walls at its base, eaten out by rust. Likely the sprinkler system on the median regularly showered the base throughout the warmer months. Are such poles engineered to withstand daily spraying?
The fallen pole is laid along the median but I doubt it could have tumbled down that conveniently. Did it fall like the well-known tree in the forest where nobody was around to hear it crash? Did it block the road for a while? Thankfully, I don't think it fell on anyone or caused injury because I would have heard about that. Maybe it was proactively downed intentionally.
And I see other neighboring poles that also have rusted bases and some that don't appear to be standing straight. When will others fall? Will the whole row of poles be replaced soon?
Ok, that's enough pondering by me but if you're a street engineer, municipal planner, or a metallurgy expert, your opinions are welcome!