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EPCOR will be installing approximately 4.4 km of new fibre optic cable from the Rossdale Substation (9469 Rossdale Road) to the Garneau Substation (11117 - 85 Avenue). See the April 2021 Construction Notice for more project information.
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 EPCOR's transmission system.
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Typical hours of construction will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Saturday. If required, these hours may be extended, and construction may occur during overnight times.
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 No Parking signs will be put up in areas where crews plan to work. Signs will be removed when the work is complete, typically one to two days later.
Since most of the new fibre optic cable will be installed underground through existing manholes, construction noise should be less than noise typically associated with heavy construction.
We will take measures to ensure we comply with the City of Edmonton's Community Standards Bylaw for Noise Control. If it is necessary to temporarily exceed acceptable noise levels, we will work with the City of Edmonton to obtain the necessary permits.
This type of work requires the use of EPCOR vehicles, reel trailers, a cable winch and a hydrovac truck at certain locations.
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 EPCOR's strict health, safety and environment procedures and guidelines.
No power outages are anticipated as part of this work.
Alberta's electrical system is regulated by the AUC. The AUC is an independent, quasi-judicial agency that ensures the delivery of Alberta's utility services takes place in a manner that is fair, responsible and in the public interest.