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Paving begins on ripped up downtown roads

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
May 22nd, 2011

Over half of the work on the downtown electrical upgrade is complete, Nelson Hydro reported Wednesday, meaning disruptions due to construction will lessen in the weeks to come.

The Baker Street Lanes Conversion Project added a second crew — CGL Contracting Ltd. — to make up for lost time due to inclement weather.

The Tender for the asphalt patching has been awarded to Selkirk Paving Limited for all current and future excavated areas associated with the project. Began on Thursday with the focus being on the Baker Street excavated road crossings and the more severely sloped roadway sections.

Tenders have been posted for the installation of the underground system network cables/conductors, padmount transformers and associated terminations with a closing date of May 26.

Current construction schedules

End of June to Early July

Completion of Civil Works entailing the excavation and installation of the underground infrastructure as required for Nelson Hydro, City of Nelson Fiber System, Telus and Shaw Cable. This infrastructure includes ducts, service boxes, vaults and transformer pads.

Mid to late June

Prior to completion of the Civil Works noted above, contracted crews (to be selected) will commence installation of all the underground system network cables/conductors, padmount transformers and associated terminations.

Mid to late July

Works to commence on the installation or stringing of the aerial Secondary Distribution System conductors on all of the newly installed poles in both lanes.

Late summer to early fall

Customer transfers to the new distribution system along with removal of some of the old overhead infrastructure such as conductors and platform or pole mounted transformers as the customer transfers permit.

Fall 2011

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


Removal of all old pole structures and wires remaining. 

2011 Baker St Conversion Project Direction  Schedule 5-17-2011-11×17.pdf [PDF – 1.3 MB]

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