As part of the 105 Avenue (Columbia Avenue) City of Edmonton Streetscape Project, EPCOR is responsible for relocating the power, water, and drainage infrastructure in advance of the City's work. The first stage of the relocation work will involve converting the existing above-ground (aerial) power distribution line to an underground power line and installing new electrical equipment.
New underground distribution cables will be installed and the existing aerial lines will be removed. EPCOR will work with residents and businesses along 105 Avenue to provide information on construction impacts and updates to the construction schedule.
Installation of underground distribution cables
Before the above-ground distribution line can be removed, the new underground line will be installed. This will involve digging an open cut trench and installing the pipes that will contain the new underground distribution cables. These underground cables will need to be located underneath the road; therefore, we will need to close sections of 105 Avenue to complete the work. To minimize the impact, EPCOR will complete the work in sections, reopening the road as each section is completed. Construction will begin at 109 Street and move east along 105 Avenue to 116 Street. EPCOR will also install new padmount transformers along 105 Avenue. This work will occur in two phases:
- Phase One - 105 Avenue from 109 Street to 114 Street (June – December 2020)
- Phase Two - 105 Avenue from 114 Street to 116 Street (Spring 2021)
Removal of the existing above-ground power lines and wood poles
Once the new underground distribution cables are installed, the existing above-ground power line and wood poles will be removed. We anticipate this work will begin in Spring 2021.