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​​​​Background and project need

​EPCOR is responsible for building, maintaining and upgrading the electrical distribution system in Edmonton. Starting in May, we will be replacing an underground power cable along 50 Street and 153 Avenue that has reached its end of life. This power cable delivers power to homes and businesses in the area and its replacement is needed so we can continue to provide safe and reliable power to you and your neighbourhood.

Over the next three months, you can expect to see crews in the area installing the new cables. This will include the use of horizontal directional drills and cable pulling trucks.

Along the cable replacement route, we will also be replacing five switching cubicles and the concrete bases that they rest on. These are the rectangular boxes along the road. (include picture of switching cubicle).

Please see the map for the route and work areas.​

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This work begins in May and is expected to take approximately three months to complete. ​

What to expect during construction
  • ​​​EPCOR and contractor vehicles, barricades, and construction equipment such as directional drills and hydrovac trucks along the route and occasionally across the roadway.

  • Residents and businesses will experience noise typical to construction as various equipment and trucks will be used for material delivery, breaking concrete, and surface restoration. We will comply with the City of Edmonton’s Community Standards Bylaw for Noise Control. If it is ever necessary to temporarily exceed acceptable noise levels, we will work with the City of Edmonton to obtain the necessary permits.

  • In some locations work will take place across the roadway, there will be traffic signs to direct traffic where lane closures are in affect. ​Steel plates will cover roadwork when not in use.

  • Affected landscaping, roads and sidewalks within the work area will be restored to their original condition once work is completed and when weather permits.

​Power outages

Power outages may be necessary at times to ensure work can be completed safely. Customers can learn more about power outages at 


All active construction areas will be fenced and/or marked as a restricted area. EPCOR and its contractors take every precaution to ensure public safety. We also need your help. Please maintain a safe distance from the construction site and the equipment.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we undertake this necessary work.


Directional drill

Directional drilling will be used to install some underground ducts. The ducts will be drilled underground and the power cables are then pulled through. This method is used to minimize the ground disturbances in the area.

Hydrovac truck

Hydrovac trucks are used to excavate around existing underground infrastructure in a safe manner.

Switching cubicle

Switching cubicles look like transformers. They help route power from neighbourhood to neighbourhood and help protect the entire power system using switches that turn off if there is a fault (which occurs when there is damage to a power cable). Switching cubicles are usually the first place our crews go to restore power during an outage.