Back in June of last year, SaskPower had announced that they would be constructing a 244 km transmission line, now they're almost complete and putting on the final touches.
The project spans from the Chinook Power Station near the city of Swift Current all the way to the Pasqua Switching Station that's located just east of our city. Crews have all the poles in place and are currently working on connecting all the power poles, but will be impacting traffic this week.
"Part of continuing work on the Pasqua to Swift Current Transmission Line, that's a project that's needed to connect the power station near Swift Current to customers and accommodate future growth in the province. In the location near Moose Jaw," detailed Joel Cherry, Spokesperson for SaskPower. "That will minimize the disruption to traffic and allow it to be done quickly and efficiently, however, that will mean there will be some short traffic stoppages and reduce traffic for a few days coming up here."
This transmission line runs along highway 1 and crosses over highway 2 once it reaches the friendly city, Cherry said they don't believe this portion of the project will last long.
"The delays are expected to go until January 11th, and the stoppages are scheduled for January 9th... it's a little bit sensitive to wind, there's always the potential that it could be delayed and so we have to keep that in mind. We'll have the latest information on social media and it should be shared on the Highway Hotline as well."
Cherry noted that this project is quite significant to SaskPower, as they're investing millions of dollars into our infrastructure to keep up with growing demand.
"It's a major transmission line, it's about 200 km long... costing up about 260 million dollars. If you look right near Moose Jaw, you can see the size of the new structures already in place, so the poles and the structures that are going to carry the lines have already been installed and now we're just stringing the lines along them. If you look at the new structures compared to the previously existing ones, you can see that this is a major upgrade that we're doing."
Cherry noted that towards the middle of January crews will shift their attention down the line and be working near Rush Lake. The project in this area is expected to be a little more time consuming and last from January 14th to February 5th, weather permitting.
Drivers in the area of the work on highway 2 just north of our city can tune their to 88.7 FM to hear about the project and what it means for the province as they're traveling through the area. SaskPower recently installed a radio transmitter in the area to help better communicate with residents about the work that's taking place.