Harrow Station–Bishop Grandin Transmission Project

Transmission lines will be upgraded within an existing transmission line right-of-way. This project will be from Taylor Avenue to Bishop Grandin Boulevard in Winnipeg in order to accommodate Phase Two of the City of Winnipeg’s Southwest Transitway.

Project description

The relocation and upgrade of the transmission lines is needed to address aging infrastructure on the corridor and will accommodate Phase 2 of the Winnipeg’s Bus Rapid Transit corridor.

Proposed work from the Harrow Station (Taylor Avenue) to Bishop Grandin Boulevard will include rebuilding and relocating 2–115 kV double circuit transmission lines (located along the eastern boundary of the right-of-way) that support customers in southern Winnipeg. These 2 transmission lines will be relocated west within the existing right-of-way. The transmission line on the eastern edge of the right-of-way will remain to accommodate future needs.

It is anticipated that construction activities will occur within the existing Manitoba Hydro owned right-of-way.

Environmental assessment

We undertook an environmental assessment for this project, which is classified as a Class 2 development under The Environment Act (Manitoba).

The environmental assessment includes:

  • Study area characterization through site visits and background investigation.
  • A public engagement process.
  • Documentation of potential environmental effects.
  • Determination of mitigation measures to minimize effects.

The project was subject to licensing from Manitoba Sustainable Development and was filed April 2015.

Manitoba Sustainable Development granted an Environment Act Licence (Licence 3148) on August 25, 2015.

Schedule

The proposed Harrow Station–Bishop Grandin Transmission Project schedule:

  • Public notification: November 2014.
  • Public engagement: November to December 2014.
  • Environmental assessment filing: April 2015.
  • Environment Act Licence received: August 2015.
  • Construction start: January 2016.
  • In service date: late 2016 (anticipated).

Project status

Construction is ongoing. Project completion is expected by the end of 2016.

On August 25 we received an Environment Act Licence (Licence 3148) from Manitoba Sustainable Development.

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