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Horizon Utilities to inject $1.3 million to renew Westdale



September 25, 2014 – The Westdale community in Hamilton, Ont., will see a $1.3-million investment as Horizon Utilities aims to modernize its electricity system and infrastructure by replacing and upgrading the 4kV system with a new 13.8kV capacity substation.

The project—with a projected construction window of July to November 2014—will see 61 new poles, 23 new transformers and 9 km-overhead wire.

As part of the utility’s 2014 plan to invest $30 million in capital projects, $15 million has been allocated for proactive system renewal efforts. The two-phase project along King Street West is currently underway as Horizon Utilities upgrades its systems to meet “Hamilton’s current and future needs”.

Minor service interruptions may be required at various stages of the project, it noted, adding that Horizon representatives will notify each customer by letter 48 hours in advance of any interruptions. The installation of new lines and poles may also require light tree trimming in certain sections to maintain safe clearances of trees near high-voltage wires.