Right of Way Crossing

Please note that due to safety concerns, we may a times prevent people from crossing the Project Right of Way at certain locations. The Right of Way is a construction zone and we need to control access in order to maintain Public Safety and Worker Safety. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If at some point you are prevented from accessing your firewood harvesting area please note that the firewood harvested from the Right of Way is available at Taxi Bay.

Activities for the week of February 11-17

PowerTel

  • Receive/Haul equipment to Pikangikum
  • Receive/Deliver poles and material to 25kV section starting in Pikangikum 
  • Work with client on permanent road installation
  • Hold weekly meetings with White Feather
  • Continue orientations for contractors
  • Health and Safety team on site
  • Set Poles on 25kV section
  • Frame poles 25kV section
  • Clear Right of Way on 25kV section
  • People on site - 29 Staff plus union

Expedition/Windigo

  • Operating camp
  • People on site - 4

Obish

  • Continue clearing 115kV Right of Way along Nungesser Rd.
  • People on site – 15 - 17

Draco

  • Mulch 25kV Right of Way from Pikangikum working towards Berens River
  • Build Right of Way trail from Pikangikum towards Berens River
  • Build Right of Way trail and Access points along Nungesser Rd. (115kV)
  • Haul PowerTel's equipment
  • People on site – 4-6

W.E. Stone 

  • Mulch 25kV Right of Way alongside Draco
  • Clean up 115kV Right of Way along the Nungesser Rd.
  • Clear 25kV Right of Way from Pikangikum towards Berens River
  • People on site – 11

Hedberg/ERG

  • Returning this week in order to complete the Right of Way boundary flagging from structure 135 to the north side of the Berens River 
  • Flag permanent rd to substation
  • People on site – 2

Activities for the week of February 3-10

PowerTel

  • Receive/Move equipment to Pikangikum
  • Receive/Deliver poles and material to 25Kv section starting in Pikangikum
  • PowerTel starting rotation of workers at camp
  • Work with client on permanent road installation
  • Hold weekly meetings with White Feather
  • Monitoring Right of Way clearing and Right of Way trail building
  • Health and Safety team on site
  • Preparing to clear the Kirkness River Designated Protected Area.  Signage and flagging to be installed following clearing of timber
  •  Environmental team to review all buffers, and re-install flagging/stakes to maintain boundaries
  • Hand Clearing of stream buffers near to Taxi Bay working northbound to Beren’s River to continue
  • MTO plans to visit to review entrance permit areas; Environmental Manager to meet with inspector
  • Ice testing and safety course to commence on February 5-8; ground penetrating radar to be utilized to measure ice thickness on lake crossing (4.2 km) from landing into community of Pikangikum.  Results of testing will be shared with the community and client
  • People on site - 29 Staff plus union

Expedition/Windigo

  • Operating camp
  • People on site - 4

Obish

  • Continue clearing 115Kv Right of Way along Nungesser rd.
  • People on site – 15 - 17

Draco

  • Mulch 25Kv Right of Way from Pikangikum working towards Berens River
  • Build Right of Way trail from Pikangikum towards Berens River
  • Build Right pf Way trail and Access points along Nungesser rd. (115kv)
  • Move PowerTels equipment
  • People on site – 4-6

W.E. Stone

  • Mulch 25Kv Right of Way alongside Draco
  • Clearing 115Kv Right of Way along the Nungesser rd. Clean up 115Kv ROW from Taxi Bay road to substation
  • People on site - 11

Hedberg/ERG

  • Fagging Right of Way along Nugesser rd
  • People on site - 2

 

    Taxi Bay Road Periodic Road Closures - February 1st to 18th

    Starting on February 1st and continuing until February 18th PowerTel will be receiving powerline poles that will be transported by truck.  For safety reasons, it will be necessary to close the Taxi Bay Road periodically for approximately 20 minutes as the trucks travel the road.  

    The deliveries will not be every day and there will be only one delivery in a day resulting in no more than two ~20 minute closures in a day. When we know the approximate time of a closure we will do our best to provide it here.  

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
     

    Activities for the week of January 29 to February 4

    PowerTel

    • Receive/Float equipment to Pikangikum
    • Receive/Deliver poles and material to 25Kv section starting in Pikangikum
    • Work with client on permanent road installation
    • Hold weekly meetings with White Feather
    • Continue working on LUP for wood storage
    • Continue orientations for contractors
    • Health and Safety team on site
    • People on site - 29 Staff plus union

    Draco

    • Mulch 25Kv ROW from Pikangikum working towards Berens river
    • Build Right of Way trail from Pikangikum towards Berens river
    • Build Right of Way trail and Access points along Nungesser rRd. (115kv)
    • Float PowerTel's equipment
    • People on site – 4-6

    W.E. Stone

    • Mulch 25Kv ROW alongside Draco
    • Clearing 115Kv ROW along Taxi Bay rd. working towards the Nungesser Rd
    • Clean up 115Kv ROW from Taxi Bay road to sub station
    • People on site - 11

    Hedberg/ERG

    • On turn around no activity

    Expedition/Windigo

    • Operating camp
    • People on site - 4

    Obish

    • Continue clearing 115Kv Row along Nungesser rd.
    • People on site – 15 - 17

    Activities for the Week of January 21-27th

    PowerTel

    • Hand clearing 25Kv section in wet land areas
    • Packing swamps on 25Kv section
    • Float equipment across lake to 25Kv Mulch brush from community to Berens river
    • Stake 115Kv section from Structure #1 heading North
    • Monitor Right of Way clearing activities and ROW trail building

    Obish

    • Proceeding north on 115Kv corridor with clearing
    • Chipping non-merchantable timber

    W.E. Stone

    • Clearing 115Kv corridor along the all-weather road

    Draco

    • Mulching 25Kv section from Pikangikum to Berens river
    • Right of Way trail building on both 25Kv and 115Kv ROW

    Hedberg/ERG

    • No activity - On Turn Around

    Expedition

    • Final touch ups at camp

    Sunday to Saturday - Week of January 14th to the 20th

    See below updates from PowerTel and its Sub-contractors: 

    PowerTel

    • Complete hiring of Pikangikum community members
    • Hand cut memorial sites and DPAs
    • PowerTel to have more crews arriving
    • Continue packing swamps on 115kV section
    • Mobilize equipment to site
    • Plan out route for permanent road to substation
    • Stake pole locations on 115kV ROW
    • Due to snow pack and cold temperatures, there has been no ground disturbances on the ROW
    • Wetlands and streams have been identified prior to clearing; selective clearing has progressed through the buffer areas with no concerns
    • All PowerTel employees and sub-contractors are taking part in the Site Specific Environmental Orientations; orientations outline all sensitive sites, including Designated Protected Areas, Archaeological sites, Wildlife, and Wetland/streams.
    • PowerTel is currently working with MTO to identify existing access points and additional temporary access points to be utilized off of the Nungesser Road.  MTO will be onsite on January 15, 2018, to complete the final assessment prior to submission of the permit application.
    • PowerTel and Obish are working together with the MNRF to complete the Land Use Permit’s for 3 existing sites to be utilized for timber storage, to facilitate chipping activities to proceed in the Spring of 2018.

    Obish

    • Proceeding north along the Nungesser Rd clearing 115kVROW.
    • Commence chipping of non merch timber.

    W.E. Stone

    • Complete clearing 115kV ROW from taxi bay rd. to substation.
    • Complete clearing 25kV from substation to Berens river.
    • Commence clearing 115kVline along all-weather Rd towards the Nungesser.

    Draco

    • Mulch 25kV ROW from Pikangikum to Berens River.
    • Build ROW access trail on 115kV.

    Hedberg/ERG

    • Flagging ROW from Pikangikum to Berens river 25kV.
    • Flagging 115kV ROW north along Nungesser Rd and along all-weather road working towards Nungesser Rd.

    Expedition

    • Continue assembling man camp located at the corner of the Nungesser rd. and Pikangikum Rd.

    December 11-16 Activities

    This schedule is subject to change

    Monday December 11

    • PowerTel reviewing environmentally sensitive areas
    • Crew renovating Stormer Lake Camp

    Tuesday December 12

    • Orientation for Contractors
    • Crew renovating Stormer Lake Camp

    Wednesday December 13

    • Commence flagging north side of Berens River starting in Pikangikum
    • If permit approved for camp, commence leveling of ground for camp at Winter Road and Nungesser Road
    • Crew renovating Stormer Lake Camp

    Thursday December 14

    • Continue flagging north of Berens River
    • Continue ground work at camp
    • Crew renovating Stormer lake camp

    Friday December 15

    • Continue Flagging north of Berens River
    • Continue ground work at man camp
    • Crew from Stormer lake traveling home
    • Tentatively commence line clearing north section of Right of Way

    Saturday December 16

    • Continue flagging
    • Tentatively continue line clearing north section of Right of Way

    *This schedule has been edited from the original post. Due to environmental constraints there will be no Right of Way work done south of the Berens River this week.