Construction phases and timeline
Construction of the transmission line is scheduled to begin in October 2020 and will be completed in phases.
Phase One: Installation of Power Poles on Segment 2 along Whitemud Drive (October to January)
The first step in building this segment of the transmission line is to install power poles. This will involve excavating holes and using a crane to install the poles. To set up the crane, temporary lane closures will be required on Whitemud Drive in the areas where the construction is taking place.
Phase Two (Early 2021)
Involves the installation of power poles on Segment 1 along Anthony Henday Drive and Segment 3 along Whitemud Drive and north on 156 Street. Existing distribution lines will be relocated during this phase at the required locations.
Phase Three (Summer 2021)
Involves stringing the transmission cables and fibre optic cable on the new power poles. Transmission cables, also called conductors, are the wires you see strung on power poles. Fibre optic cables provide a communications link between neighbouring substations and EPCOR's control centre. To minimize disruption to traffic, the cables will be strung in stages. Locations where the stringing will occur will have additional construction activities, such as temporary lane closures and construction equipment.
As the project progresses, additional notices will be delivered to stakeholders along Segments 1 and 3 prior to construction.
The West Edmonton Transmission Upgrade Project – Whitemud Drive segment is scheduled to begin mid-October 2020 and is expected to be completed by January 2021, weather permitting.
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 on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.