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​Bucket trucks and a Skylift​ help crews complete work along the 403 Highway


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Hydro One considers various factors when it comes to maintaining our equipment across the province.  It was no different when we needed to replace a structure along one of Ontario’s busiest highways near Hamilton this past December.

After crews completed emergency repairs on the structure last year, planning began to replace the entire structure due to its age and condition. The structure is located off Highway 403 on a busy section of the Bruce Trail.
In order to replace the structure, staff began working on the planning portion of the project. This also involved working with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

To accommodate the equipment required to complete the job, crew​s created a path near the structure to allow room for the large machinery to enter the job site. Staff also worked with the local conservation authority, who ensured public safety signs were posted along areas of the trail and notified residents of the temporary closure through the trail website.

With the environmental and access component of the job handled, staff worked with the MTO to coordinate traffic control along the highway and entrance ramp nearest to the site. The Ontario Provincial Police and MTO staff provided traffic control in the area, keeping passing motorists and crews safe.


“While we routinely replace end-of-life equipment to ensure a safe and reliable supply of electricity, each job is unique and requires a thoughtful approach that considers many factors from beginning to end,” said William, Customer Operations Manager for the area. “This project is a good example of how we work together across the company and externally with o​ther organizations in order to deliver electricity that our customers depend on.”


A 197’ Skylift, a 110 ton crane, and 2 double​ bucket trucks were among the machinery used to set the new poles, install the cross-arms, and relocate conductor to complete the structure replacement. Crews from multiple locations completed work safely on the de-energized circuit and switching allowed us to prevent associated power interruptions to customers in the area. 
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