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​We will be installing a new 7 km fibre optic cable between the Garneau substation (11117 85 Avenue) and the Strathcona substation (5140 99 Street).
Project overview

Between December 2018 and February 2019, we will be installing:

  • 6 km of new fibre optic cable underground through existing manholes between the Garneau and Strathcona substations (see the purple line on the map below).
  • 1 km of new fibre optic cable overhead on existing distribution power poles along 97 Street, between 70 Ave and 79 Ave (see the orange line on the map below). The new fibre optic cable is this area will be installed overhead on existing distribution power poles because an underground path to install the cable doesn't exist.

 

Construction details

​Hours of work

Our crews will be working Sundays to Fridays, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. We have been directed to complete this work overnight to minimize the impact of road closures on residents and motorists in the area.

Road closures

Roads where crews are working will be reduced to one lane to provide a safe area for crews to work and space for the necessary equipment. Proper signs and barricades will be put up during these temporary lane closures.

Temporary parking restrictions

Temporary No Parking signs will be put up in areas where crews plan to work each night. Signs will be removed when the work is complete, typically one to two days later.

Construction equipment

This type of work requires the use of EPCOR trucks, cube vans, hydrovacs, reel trailers and a cable winch. Temporary fencing will also be used to isolate the work site

Construction noise

This work may be loud at times. The hydrovac and cable reel will emit sound levels comparable to a lawn mower and bobcat. The noise will be localized to the street where crews are working that evening and only last a couple of hours while crews remove water from the manholes and pull the fibre optic cable through them. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

Work space

All work areas will be safe and secure. All construction activities will be in accordance with the City of Edmonton bylaws, Occupational Health & Safety requirements, and our strict health, safety and environment procedures and guidelines.

Power outages

Some planned power outages will be required to allow crews to safely complete this work. Customers affected by a power outage will receive an automated phone call and message (if voice mail is available) 3-5 days in advance of the outage with details about the outage date and time. To receive this call, please ensure your electricity retailer has your current phone number on record.

Overhead fibre optic cable installation

In order to connect the new overhead and underground fibre optic cable, we will need to dig two temporary trenches along 97 Street – one between 69 Ave and 70 Ave, and the other between 78 Ave and 79 Ave.

This work is scheduled for February 2019 and will require temporary road closures along 97 Street. Roads, curbs and city boulevards where trenching will occur will be restored to its previous state after the work is complete and weather permits restoration activities to be completed. Residents in the immediate area will receive more information about the planned work before it begins.

Definitions

​Fibre optic cable

Fibre optic cables provide a communications link between neighbouring substations and EPCOR's control centre. This enables EPCOR to monitor and remotely control its transmission equipment, communicate with other transmission operators, and ensure the safety and reliability of our transmission system.