2005 line work at Letwin Road
At our April 26th, 2005 board meeting, Dave Finlay, the FortisAlberta representative,
informed us of a line move they intend to make at the Letwin Road, about two miles
north of Highway 637. The Board was given copies of maps showing the
details of the move. Costs for the Bruderheim REA
will be primarily for the installation of wire for a new span between two
existing poles, and for the removal of a transformer pole that is no longer in use and
carries neither equipment nor wires. The transformer pole to be removed is
just at the north end of the piece of line in question and one span west of the
road, where the FortisAlberta power line continues north along Letwin Road.
The end result will be more reliable service and a slight
improvement to our plant. There will be some salvage costs and also some
costs for the upgrade to our line. The total cost arte expected to be in
the order of around $2,000 or perhaps a little more.
Dave Finlay had brought two printouts for the discussion of the
work that needs to be done. The following are excerpts from those
printouts that illustrate the work that
needs to be done. The two excerpts were reduced in size and are not at the
scale of the originals. The excerpts shown here have been
enhanced a little to maintain legibility. Following the excerpts from the
printouts are photographs of the location and circumstances of concern.
The reason for the line move is that a few spans of the existing line
(owned by FortisAlberta) run east of a fairly large slough. Apparently the
range road got constructed straight through the slough at some time after the
power line had been built. The old road around the east-side of the
slough is still apparent but is at times, in wet years, impassable. The
location of those spans makes it difficult to do maintenance and repairs. The problems
caused by that can be alleviated by:
- Constructing a few spans of line along the west-side of the road, right up
to where the line presently crosses the road to continue north.
- Installing wire from the pole at that location by the road to the pole
east of there, where the existing tap crosses the fence line and runs to the
existing transformer pole in the yard just north of the fence line.
- Installing two guy wires on that pole, one extending east along the fence
line and the other south towards the adjoining field. That pole is presently a tangent pole. Under the intended
arrangement that pole becomes an end pole for two spans.
- Removing the transformer pole west of the Letwin Road at that location, as
that pole serves no
purpose and needs to be removed.
- Removing the brush and trees along the fence line, under the new span to be
constructed for the Bruderheim REA.
Matt Nalesnik, FortisAlberta field design specialist for distribution
projects, called and asked that someone meet with him on May 4th at the location
where the line move is to take place. A representative of the Bruderheim
REA went to meet him and took a few
photos at the location.
The line running from the pole visible at the left of the photo presently
serves the yard just north from where the photo was taken and will be
removed. The Letwin Road is visible in the photo, where it runs through the
poplar bluff at the south-end of the slough, at horizon at the right of the
This photo was taken looking east from the road along the fence line.
The pole visible at the upper right of the photo is the one that needs to be
be equipped with guy wires. The line running south from that pole (to
the right in the photo) will be removed. A new span of wire will be
installed from that pole to the pole at the road. The brush and trees
under that new span will be removed down to the ground level. The
owner of the service asked that all of the trees along the fence line in
that span be removed. Extra work, over and above what is necessary to
clear the right of way, will be paid by the owner. Arrangement to that
extent will have to be made between the the owner and the brushing
The pole just barely visible in the photo (half-way up the photo at the
right side of the opening in the brush at the right side of the photo) is
the transformer pole north of the pole at the fence line.
The pole visible at the left side of the photo is at the west-end of the new
span to be constructed. The trees visible in the photo will be cut
down to ground level.
This photo was taken from the Letwin Road, looking west. The pole carrying
the line is owned by FortisAlberta and will become a tangent pole for the
line going north from that pole and to be extended straight to the south.
The second, lighter-coloured pole to the left and behind the Fortis-owned
pole is owned by the Bruderheim REA. That pole is to be removed.
Presently a cost of $684.80 is estimated for the pole removal. Given
that there is nothing on the pole, not even guy wires, that
seems to be a bit steep.)
Here is a photo, looking south, of the whole expanse of the slough on the
east-side of Letwin Road that is causing the work. The existing power
line runs along the left side (at the far-left of the photo) of the slough.
The new line will run along the right side of the road.
At the time of the inspection, Johnny Letwin, the brother and
representative of the owner of the land on which the new, short span of our line
is to be constructed, was seeding on a quarter of land close by. He was
told about the circumstances of the construction work on his land. He gave
permission to do the brushing. He was very cooperative and felt that he
would not put anything into the way of providing safe and reliable power where
it is needed.
Matt Nalesnik of FortisAlberta was contacted after that to let
him know about the outcome of that discussion. Matt stated that a more
detailed cost estimate will be provided in short order.
Line Work completed
As of 2005 12 09, Line work at Letwin Road had been
Posted 2005 05 17
2005 12 09 (added report on completion of work)