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Work Beginning Soon

Foundation work for the Preston Crossing Power Line structures will begin on Dec. 6, 2021. This was previously halted due to a delay with a subcontractor, however we have chosen new contractors to complete the job. Learn more below. 

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What to Expect

We previously mentioned that construction halted at the Preston Crossing Power Line work site due to a delay with a subcontractor. We're pleased to announce that Allan Construction and Almita Pilling have been chosen to complete foundation work for the power line structures. This work will begin on Dec. 6, 2021 and we expect it to be complete by Feb. 28, 2022. Although we've changed contractors, the footprint and above ground look of the foundations remain the same.

Traffic may be impacted during the day. The contractors will work with the City of Saskatoon to reduce traffic delays.

Access to Forestry Farm will be affected in short bursts during regular work hours. This allows crews to safely make adjustments to existing power line. Crews will work from 7 am to 4:30 pm daily to reduce impact to the BHP Enchanted Forest Holiday Light Tour.

No power outages are expected while work is underway.

Following foundation work, crews will begin construction on the power line structures. We expect this phase of construction to wrap up by June 2022, along with the entire project!

About the Project

We’re upgrading the Preston Crossing Substation and building a new high-voltage power line to the station. This project will help us continue providing safe and reliable power. It’ll also allow us to meet the growing demand for power in the areas served by the substation, including the University of Saskatchewan.

Below is a before (top image) and after (bottom image) of one area that will see trees removed.

Sutherland Before-After

See more before and after images here.

Construction will happen in a phased approach and has now begun. See below for more construction activity detail.

Transmission project timeline build stage

New Name — Same Project

We have renamed the Saskatoon Sutherland Power Line project to the Preston Crossing Power Line Project. We decided to make the switch as the project involves building a new power line to an upgraded power station — the Preston Crossing Substation. This name will be less confusing for SaskPower and the City of Saskatoon workers in the future. Please be assured this is a name change only. The overall project scope and line route haven’t changed.

When complete, the power line will accommodate growth in new and existing Saskatoon subdivisions. It will also deliver more power to the University of Saskatchewan and a large area surrounding it.

Our Progress So Far

On Nov. 19, 2019 we held an open house in Saskatoon. We introduced the Sutherland Power Line Project (now Preston Crossing Power Line Project). We received many inputs and answered various questions about the project. We’ve compiled that feedback into a summary of what we heard. The themes of that report include:

  • Trees and green space
  • Traffic restrictions
  • Proximity to homes
  • Overhead versus underground power lines
  • Decisions made without public input
  • Noise
  • Outages
  • Interference with Wi-Fi and radio
  • Communicating with the public
  • City of Saskatoon involvement

We continue to consider what we heard during community engagement as we plan construction. 

Final design and material procurement are complete and project is currently construction-ready. Civil works on the Preston Crossing switching station is already complete. Electrical construction at the station commenced in October 2021 and will be complete in June 2022.

View the route map to see how the power line route may impact you when work begins.

Minimizing the Impact to You

Through coordinating with Saskatoon Light & Power (SL&P) and the City of Saskatoon, we’ve come up with a plan to limit the number of overhead power line structures in the area. We’ll do this by constructing 2 lines on one set of structures where SL&P’s existing high-voltage power line is located today along Attridge Drive. This is called double circuiting. It helps us reduce the physical footprint of large power line structures in the area.

Part of our plan is to limit impacts to the nearby residences as much as possible during construction. Proper signage, crowd control fences with tarpaulin in areas near residences will be used to contain debris and noise. Spotters and other measures will also be used to make it safe for the public.

Respecting the Local Environment

We’ve consulted with the:

  • City of Saskatoon Sustainability Division
  • Meewasin Valley Association (MVA)
  • Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

We’ll follow all necessary permits and regulatory requirements.

After construction is complete, the City will work to restore the green space with new vegetation that will both enhance the aesthetics of the area and meet our safety and access setback requirements.

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