5 Questions with Cory Gelowitz About SaskPower's Part in the Regina Bypass
October 11, 2016
Construction on the Regina Bypass is in full swing. Roadway paving is ongoing and overpasses are under construction. We're helping by moving or changing existing power lines to make way for the new highway. It sounds simple enough, but in chatting with Cory Gelowitz, our Project Manager overseeing our bypass work, we learned there's more to this story than meets the eye.
What is SaskPower's role in the Regina Bypass work?
We need to complete over 100 separate projects so the bypass crews can meet their deadlines.
There are 13 high-voltage line projects, 55-60 lower-voltage line projects, 900 SaskPower-owned streetlights to install, 50 streetlight service drops, and three fibre communication cables to modify. There's also supporting work – installing temporary services to construction trailers and cameras, assisting bypass construction workers as they work around live power lines and maintaining current power lines so outages are kept to a minimum during bypass construction.
Will there be planned power outages affecting residential customers?
We've been working hard to keep the power on during bypass-related construction. Planned power outages, which would directly affect customers, haven't been required yet – but this may not always be the case.
To safely complete some work, we may need to plan some power outages. We'll notify the affected customers ahead of time so they can prepare.
Where's the work at right now?
A lot of our work is happening at the same time. Currently we're constructing two high-voltage power lines. The first line located on the west side of Regina near Pinkie Road and 13th Avenue is scheduled for completion in late October 2016. We plan to complete the second line near Tower Road and Highway 1 in late November 2016. We'll start construction on a third high-voltage line in late October 2016. There are also 10 other line projects scheduled for construction in 2017.
We've finished around 75 per cent of the 55-60 low-voltage line projects already. Over the next few months, we'll be working on an additional 20 projects. The bulk of the work will be complete in 2016 however, smaller line modification requests are sure to pop up until the entire highway bypass opens in October 2019. Installation of streetlights and fibre communications cable is ongoing as well.
Who from SaskPower is supporting this work?
This amount of work requires a team effort. We have close to 100 employees, contractors and subcontractors working on these projects in one way or another. Everyone has a role to play from designing lines and routes, to negotiating land easements, to safely constructing the designs and working with our customers – be it the bypass client or large industrial customers. I'm honoured to be a part of this collective team effort!
Where can I get more info on the bypass?
Head over to Reginabypass.ca or the Saskatchewan Government website to learn more about the bypass.
"We need to complete over 100 separate projects so the bypass crews can meet their deadlines."
"We've been working hard to keep the power on during bypass-related construction. Planned power outages, which would directly affect customers, haven't been required yet – but this may not always be the case."
"This amount of work requires a team effort. We have close to 100 employees, contractors and subcontractors working on these projects in one way or another."