As a result of consultation with members of the community as part of this Class EA process, Hydro One modified its proposed approach to vegetation removal for the construction of this project. Where possible, we will try to leave vegetation along the corridor edges that would not interfere with construction activities. However, vegetation left on the corridor will be assessed for compatibility by our forestry experts during future right-of-way maintenance cycles to ensure that it will not interfere with the safe and reliable operation of the power line. This modified approach was presented at the September 21 and 22 PICs and posted on the project website.
As well, although we seek to balance our operational and safety requirements with the community needs, the vegetation at the road crossings on Bathurst Ave and Coronation Ave will need to be removed to ensure safe and unencumbered access for construction vehicles, and for line of sight to erect the new towers and pull the new conductor (wire) onto them.
Hydro One always strives to minimize construction effects on local residents. We will comply with the City of Ottawa’s Noise By-law and carry out most work during the weekdays. If occasional weekend work is required, we will notify residents in advance.
Some residents have expressed that they would like to see the corridor turned into a meadow with pollinator flowers. However, many residents have indicated that they prefer the appearance of cut grass and flat surface for this corridor. Hydro One is planning to reseed the area disturbed by construction with a native grass mix, consistent with the appearance of the adjacent parks in the project area.
Provided the restored area of the corridor remains free of encroachments after construction is completed, Hydro One will have a contractor cut the grass on a regular schedule.
In the coming weeks, you will receive a Notice of Completion of the draft
Environmental Study Report with information on the dates of the public review period, how to access the draft report, and the process for providing comments. Additional project information is also available on our website http://www.HydroOne.com/Projects/
After completing the Class Environmental Assessment process, Hydro One will invite residents to a pre-construction PIC where we will provide
more detailed information on the construction activities and timelines.