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Baker Street lanes electrical upgrades start up

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
February 25th, 2011

Civil work on the downtown electrical upgrade starts back up on March 14, meaning some sidewalks and roads will be closed in the downtown core.

Although weather dependent, the work will entail excavation, duct placement, backfilling and associated restoration of the roads and sidewalks.

The downtown electrical upgrade is part of Nelson Hydro’s long range transmission and distribution upgrade plan.

The project consists of upgrading the electrical distribution system in the City of Nelson downtown core. 

The existing structures have overhead primary and secondary lines with transformation mounted on poles and overhead platforms. 

These will be replaced with a system having overhead secondary lines, underground primary lines and pad mounted transformers (ground level islands). The primary supply voltage will be changed from 4kV to 25kV, which will result in a reduction of distribution losses.

Businesses or residences that may be directly affected by closures will be contacted in advance to ensure scheduled deliveries, extraordinary circumstance or requirements are not impeded.

People can refer to the project directional map posted on the City of Nelson website for construction locations and timelines, or call Nelson Hydro administration for more information at (250) 3528240.


Current project construction schedule

April/May 2011

• Completion of all civil related works.

• Electrical installation portion of the project, which includes underground cable systems and transformers, will commence as soon as predetermined sections of the civil works are completed (therefore advancing completion of the actual electrical installations and project completion). 

Spring/summer 2011

• Customer transfers to the new distribution system.

Fall 2011

• Telus and Shaw Cable commence transfer of plant and customers to respective new systems.


• Remove old infrastructure (two pole structures and wires)


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