"Lean Back" said the Walnut Street telephone pole

"Lean Back" said the Walnut Street telephone pole

Walnut Street in Shadyside was closed between Bellefont and Filbert today due to a utility post that is on verge of falling over. The pole looks like it’s ready to fall into the Henne Jewelers storefront. According to a fireman on scene, the wind did it. To make matters even more dramatic, a single-phase transformer is attached to the pole. Later in the evening, the yellow tape extended the closure from Copeland to Filbert.

All the typical Walnut Street restaurants/pubs are open – Shady Grove, Doc’s Place, William Penn Tavern, Cappy’s. You are warned that parking (which is already a major downfall to Walnut St) will be even worse than usual. Pedestrian traffic is also forbidden, so the only way to get to these places is by going all the way around – and in cases like Cappy’s you’ll have to go through the side alleyway.

We’ll update this post when we have confirmation that everything is back to normal – the quickest way to find out is to follow us on Twitter.

Wtf? Did the wind bend that street sign too?!

Wtf? Did the wind bend that street sign too?!

You don't need a protractor to tell this thing is getting ready to fall

You don't need a protractor to tell this angle is off

The night of the pole leaning, Walnut Street in Shadyside

The night of the pole leaning, Walnut Street in Shadyside

The night of the pole leaning, Walnut Street in Shadyside (close-up)

The night of the pole leaning, Walnut Street in Shadyside (close-up)

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