Planned Projects

Carry-over projects from 2022

Mead Blvd - Overhead Line relocation - Espanola – Complete
This project involves the relocation of 20 wood poles along Mead Boulevard, from Queensway Ave to Second Ave.  The project was initiated by the Espanola Public Works Department to accommodate an upcoming water main reconstruction project scheduled for 2023/2024, which includes changes to the existing roadway, curb, and sidewalk locations in the area.


2023 upcoming projects

Watson Ave – Espanola - Underground Rebuild – Scheduled
The work involves the relocation of the backlot overhead line to underground.  The project runs from Haig St to Barber St on Watson Ave.  This project is to remove aging assets in backyards that are difficult to access. Repair work on those lines would have significant impacts on people’s backyards and restoration of power would take a significant amount of time.  To avoid impacts and change the nature of the neighbourhood, the assets are being relocated underground in the front of the properties. The project is currently planned for August 2023.


Main & Mary St – Webwood – Overhead Rebuild– Scheduled
The project involves the installation of 5 wood poles and 130m of conductor to replace aging assets. The project is currently planned for fall 2023.


Bell Canada Fiber to the Home project – Underway
Numerous Make-Ready pole replacements are planned for communication companies, mainly in the rural areas of the city.  These projects accommodate the government initiative to have high-speed internet access to almost every home.  These poles are replaced as needed; therefore, complete lines may be reconstructed or only a few poles in a line.  This work has started and will be ongoing during the year.

A ”Make-Ready” project is a project that is undertaken by Espanola Regional Hydro to modify the existing pole infrastructure and conductors and “make them ready” for communication companies to attach their assets.  This could include moving up the hydro lines to make more room on existing poles if the poles are tall enough and in good condition or might require the installation of new poles.  The assets are typically communication cables and/or boxes.