Strengthening service reliability in South-End Halifax; Nova Scotia Power replacing utility poles along University Avenue

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Strengthening service reliability in South-End Halifax; Nova Scotia Power replacing utility poles along University Avenue

June 1, 2018

HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia Power is replacing aging utility poles on University Avenue in Halifax to ensure service reliability for the QEII Hospital, Dalhousie University, and other nearby customers.

Six utility poles and associated pole anchors being replaced are located in the median along University Avenue between Summer Street and South Park Street. The work is expected to take three to four weeks to complete.

“Replacing utility poles in this central Halifax location is much more complex than working in a suburban or rural setting,” said Ashraf Abdelrahman, Capital Engineer with Nova Scotia Power. “It’s a tight space and the powerlines on these poles provide service to staff and patients at the hospital, as well as students and faculty at Dalhousie University and nearby residential customers. Each phase of the project has been carefully planned to reduce the risk and impact of service interruption.”

Crews will position equipment in the median itself to reduce impacts on local traffic, pedestrian flow and on-street parking availability during this work. Traffic control personnel will be on-site at all times to ensure safe access around the work site, but the utility recommends travelling with care in the area.

“This is a high traffic area for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, and we will do our best to minimize disruptions,” said Abdelrahman. “We appreciate everyone’s patience while we safely work to replace these poles, improving service reliability for all customers in the area.”

Nova Scotia Power invests approximately $80 million each year on system upgrades, maintenance and improvements to increase service reliability for customers. Once completed, these upgrades will strengthen the overall electrical system and help reduce the risk of unplanned outages in South End Halifax.