Risks of editing nearby high voltage power lines (humour note)

Posted by PierZen on 6 March 2018 in English (English)

There are thousand of kilometers of 735KV power lines over the Quebec territory. There are often trails under these lines and road crossings. While monitoring the edits to these power lines today, I realized that many contributors had again connected roads to the power lines.

Let me describe this interesting case.

Risks of editing nearby high voltage power lines

A few years ago, a dog park was added plus a nearby parking under a 735KV power line. On the nearby boulevard, the connecting segment between the two sides of the road was moved closed to the Power line and clipped to it. Then a road navigation specialist working for an OSM partner company did narrowly edit modifying highway=tertiary to highway=tertiary_link.

Those people should look around. It is quite dangerous to edit this way. If QA is done so automatically by humans, should we add some artficial intelligence in the editors to detect such problems, and why not give a mild electric shock to contributors!

Gladly, the contributors are still editing to OSM. Let's hope that no one lost their dog connecting to the power line! And that they will learn editing in a virtual world «to look sideways».

Location: Blainville, Thérèse-De Blainville, Laurentides, Quebec, Canada

Comment from mboeringa on 11 March 2018 at 11:39

Well, with tourists recently drowning in the sea around Menorca trying to reach their fictitious sea located hotel (, a power line connected to a road is probably our least worry, at least your Tesla gets a free boost ;-)

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