Hydro says no to $4.4 million underground transmission line

Running BC Hydro’s new transmission line underground is not a cost-effective option, Hydro representatives told Merritt residents at a community meeting on June 11.

BC Hydro project manager Andrew Leonard said Hydro would need to pay an additional $3.6 million to run the line underground directly behind Forksdale Avenue properties to the Merritt Substation, a cost he said the company cannot incur.

Coyote Bluffs residents first made the request in early May at a meeting with Hydro representatives, where they expressed concerns about the chosen route for the Merritt Area Transmission Project. The route runs along an existing right-of-way behind houses situated on Forksdale Avenue.

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