In 2018, Alberta Transportation advised ENMAX about two transmission line relocations required to construct the South segment of the WCRR. In early 2019, as per the Alberta Utility Commission (AUC) requirements for transmission line relocations, ENMAX began its Participant Involvement Program for relocations along both Highway 8 and 101 Street S.W. ENMAX submitted applications to the AUC in August 2019, following the conclusion of the Public Involvement Program.
ENMAX was working to complete the relocations prior to the anticipated start of South project construction in spring 2020. However, given the proximity to adjacent residents and comments received about the Highway 8 relocation, the AUC decided a formal public hearing would be required as part of the approval process. The AUC did not require a public hearing for the proposed relocation along 101 Street S.W.
The AUC reached a decision on April 22, 2020, approving the recommended South Central alignment. Relocations are anticipated to be complete in 2021.
Utility Relocation Along Highway 8
As a result of feedback received from adjacent property owners, community associations and other stakeholders during the Participant Involvement Program, ENMAX identified a new and preferred transmission line route for Highway 8 (South Central) and removed the South route from consideration (please click here to view the alignment maps).
The public hearing took place in January 2020 and the AUC reached a decision on April 22, 2020, approving the recommended South Central route.
Utility Relocation Along 101 Street S.W.
In August 2019, ENMAX submitted the same proposed route for the 101 Street S.W. relocation to the AUC as was presented during the Participant Involvement Program in March 2019. In February 2020, the AUC approved the relocation of a portion of the existing line that currently parallels 101 Street S.W. to be moved further west, closer to the boundary of the Transportation Utility Corridor. The section of the existing line to be relocated is north of Lower Springbank Road and will connect with the existing line south of 14 Avenue S.W.