Info Meeting on Hydro Ottawa Island Park Drive Work – January 30

Sent: 15/01/2014 4:23:07 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: Island Park Drive System Expansion Project and Community Meeting

Dear Kitchissippi Community Association,

You are invited to attend an upcoming community information meeting regarding Hydro Ottawa’s plans for a system expansion project that will begin along Island Park Drive in the spring of 2014. This work is being undertaken to ensure reliability of the electricity supply in the growing Westboro area.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 30th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Churchill Seniors Centre located at 345 Richmond Road. Residents of Island Park Drive and Kitchissippi ward Councillor Katherine Hobbs, have already been notified about this information session by direct mail. Hydro Ottawa will also be placing an advertisement in the January 23rd issue of the local EMC newspaper (attached). We would also invite you to post information about this meeting on your website to help us inform residents.

While the commencement of this project is months away we wanted to provide your association with as much advance notice as possible as there will be increased construction presence while the project is ongoing, including excavation activities and construction vehicles. Traffic control will also be implemented to ensure Island Park Drive remains accessible and safe for residents. Design drawings showing the construction zones and equipment storage areas, the planned locations of underground cables and chambers as well as details on how we will protect area trees and manage traffic flow, will be available at the information session.

Please contact Brian Thompson, Distribution Design, if you have any questions about this project. He can be reached at or 613-738-5499 x7264.


Morgan Barnes

Morgan Barnes
Communications Officer | Public Affairs
Tel: 613 738-5499 x568 | Fax: 613 738-6409
Hydro Ottawa


2 responses to “Info Meeting on Hydro Ottawa Island Park Drive Work – January 30

  1. I went to the meeting and got answers to all my questions. Perhaps more detail than most people need to know, but interesting technical details for me. They had the place set up with three stations each with a giant map of the work, handouts, and a Hydro Ottawa employee to answer questions (so you don’t have to wait long to ask your questions).

    Why: They need to have more capacity to Westboro for all those new condominium buildings (Convent site is a big one) and future construction.

    What: They’re adding a set of buried conduit (12 plastic pipe ducts covered in cement) with 5 access chambers. Inside the ducts are the power lines, a cable about as thick as your arm, carrying 13KV and up to 500 amps, for up to 7km. Made with modern technology (synthetic rubber / plastic, not lead, oil and paper) and waterproof. Most of the ducts will initially be empty, but can be used in the future, good for several decades of growth.

    Where: Down Island Park drive on the west side, under the road (not sidewalk, so trees not as affected). Near the Hampton Park / Queensway bridge it’s under the sidewalk. It goes along Richmond Road a bit (it ends for now at the Convent site where the new big development is going up).

    When: Starts in mid April 2014, takes about three months.

    How: Digging in the road during non-rush hours, with a flagman or something similar to control single lane traffic. Working beside the road during rush hours, with both lanes open.

    Who: Hydro Ottawa.

    Just how much capacity are they adding? Crunching a few numbers, 13KV x 500A = 6.5 Megawatts. A house running a clothes dryer (5000W), hot water heater (4000W) and oven (3000W) may take 12000W, so that’s around 500 houses. Well, the average power used by a house is more like 1500W (using USA numbers), so that’s 4000 houses, so long as everybody doesn’t try to do laundry at the same time. I’m sure Hydro Ottawa has more accurate statistics than that (I forgot to ask), but that should be enough to give you an idea of the number of people this upgrade supplies.

    – Alex

  2. Forgot to mention that the other end of the project is at the transformer station near Westgate mall. For posterity, here’s their description from

    Kitchissippi – Installation of Underground Cables

    Starting April 14, Hydro Ottawa will be undertaking a three-month project to install underground cables and chambers along the City of Ottawa’s Road Right-of-Way and on NCC property in the south-bound lane of Island Park Drive. In an effort to minimize disruption, lanes will not be reduced during peak traffic times (7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday).

    No power outages are expected to occur as a result of this work. Should a planned power interruption be necessary, you will be notified in advance.

    Hydro Ottawa will take steps to mitigate construction noise and traffic concerns. Your patience is appreciated.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this vital work may cause.

    Affected streets: Island Park Drive (between Merivale Road and Richmond Road)

    Project start date: April 14, 2014

    Project completion date: July 31, 2014