PTH 15 to be closed for temporary rail line crossing

October 28, 2016

Equipment delivery requires temporary rail track across highway

Manitoba Hydro and Manitoba Infrastructure are advising motorists of several temporary overnight closures of PTH 15 west of PR 207 and east of the Perimeter Highway to allow for installation of a temporary rail crossing as Manitoba Hydro moves large electrical transformers to the new Riel Converter Station east of Winnipeg.

The first closure of PTH 15 is Tuesday, November 1 starting at 11 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. November 2. This closure is required to test the installation of the portable rail tracks to connect the CN rail line to the spur line leading to the Riel Converter Station.

The first actual shipment of equipment is tentatively scheduled for Monday, November 28 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. November 29. A subsequent closure of PTH 15 approximately four days later will be needed to allow the empty specialized rail cars exit the Riel Converter Station yard. Further shipment dates are to be determined from January 2017 to January 2018.

A detour will be in place. Affected municipalities, emergency services, RCMP and schools have been contacted. Emergency vehicles only will have access to a ramp to cross the temporary rails.

Between shipments, the temporary rail crossing on PTH 15 will be removed to allow normal vehicle traffic. The temporary rail crossing has been designed for rapid installation and removal. It is estimated that the crossing can be installed in as little as 30 minutes.

The transformers, each weighing approximately 250,000 kilograms (250 tonnes), are required at both Riel and the Keewatinohk Converter Station near Gillam.

Each converter station will have a total of 10 high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) converter transformers delivered by dedicated rail cars over the next year.

The two converter stations link the Bipole III Transmission Project to Manitoba Hydro’s northern generating stations and the province’s electricity distribution system.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and drive safely when they see construction and follow all detour signs. Drivers are required to reduce speeds to specific limits in construction zones under the Highway Traffic Act.

The latest information on roads is available at 511 (toll-free) or www.manitoba511.ca. Road closures are available at www.twitter.com/MBGovRoads.

For more information, please contact:
Scott Powell – Manager, Public Affairs, Manitoba Hydro
204-360-4417
SPowell@hydro.mb.ca