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NOTL Hydro holds open house on project to bury lines
NOTL Hydro president Tim Curtis. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro has launched a 14-year project to bury overhead lines underground and town residents are invited to an open house to learn more about the project.

A presentation about the plan will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. in the Mori Room at the NOTL Community Centre.

NOTL Hydro has been doing conversion projects in some parts of the town, like Queenston and Chautauqua, since the late 1980s. Old Town is the last area to be done, said hydro president Tim Curtis.

The 14-year conversion project will start on Johnson Street this fall. Next year, it will move to Gate Street. Each section takes about a month to complete. The project will cost about $200,000 to $300,000 per year.

The voltage in the overhead lines in Old Town will increase to 27,600 volts from the current voltage of 4,000 volts.

“There’s always a bit of a mess,” Curtis commented on the project’s impact on residents. “Some people are bit fussed by that, so that’s understandable.”

Instead of overhead lines, there will be transformer boxes which make the street look “nicer, cleaner,” he said.