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​We're proposing to install a new fibre optic cable between the planned Riverview substation (near the Anthony Henday Drive, just east of Maskêkosihk Trail) and the existing E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant. The proposed project includes the installation of approximately 2.2 km of new fibre optic cable.
Project overview
  • ​We're currently planning on installing approximately 1.4 km of the proposed fibre optic cable underground in the Transportation/Utility Corridor (TUC) near Anthony Henday Drive. To install the underground fibre optic cable, we'll use a technique called Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD).
  • The remainder of the fibre optic cable (approximately 800 m) is proposed to be installed on an existing wood pole powerline, connecting to the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant.
  • 3 concrete splice boxes will be installed underground along the line. These boxes provide access to the line for installation and maintenance.
  • The proposed project will occur within the TUC and on E.L. Smith Road, which is owned by EPCOR Water.


Construction details


You can expect to see activity that is typical to construction, including company/contractor vehicles and equipment in the area. There may be an increased presence of industrial equipment necessary to install the fibre optic cable.

Construction noise

Work will create typical noise associated with construction. We will take measures to ensure we comply with the City of Edmonton's Community Standards Bylaw for Noise Control. If it's necessary to temporarily exceed acceptable noise levels, we will work with the City of Edmonton to obtain the required permits.

Hours of operation

We anticipate our hours of work from this project to be Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; however, occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

Road closures

During construction we may need to temporarily limit access to E.L. Smith Road. Proper signs and barricades will be put up during these temporary closures. At this time, we don't anticipate any impacts to Anthony Henday Drive.

Power supply

We do not anticipate any power service interruptions from this proposed work.

Work space and environment

All work areas will be safe and secure. All construction activities will be in accordance with the City of Edmonton bylaws, Occupational Health and Safety requirements as well as EPCOR's health, safety and environmental procedures and guidelines.


​Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD)

HDD is a common construction method used to install underground infrastructure, such as power lines and pipes. It's a trenchless technology that helps to minimize physical disturbance and potential environmental impacts.

Fiber optic cable

Fibre optic cable provides a communications link between neighboring substations, electrical facilities, and pur control center. This enables us to monitor and remotely control our equipment, communicate with other operators and ensure the safety and reliability of our electrical network.