How Big Are They?
The Heartland Transmission Project is a dual circuit, 500kV transmission line and, according to data provided by EPCOR and AltaLink, the towers that would be used would be up to 77 metres tall – that’s about 253′ or twice the height of the tallest power line towers currently in Alberta.
To show you what these towers would look like we have mocked up 3 scenarios, showing the transmission towers to scale.
1. Westboro, Sherwood Park
This is what the towers would look like as you come into the Westboro subdivision (just north of Wye Road, north of Village on the Lake on the west side of Sherwood Park). The photo was taken approximately 175m west of Broadmore and assumes the towers would be run along the Sherwood Park Greenbelt between Highway 216 and Sherwood Park (AltaLink’s and EPCOR’s “preferred” route) . It shows that the huge transmission lines would still be clearly visible over 800m away.
2. Ellerslie, Edmonton
This is what the towers would look like if they were run along the Anthony Henday near Ellerslie (AltaLink’s and EPCOR’s “preferred” route). The photo is taken at 5th Avenue SW and 79th Street, about 600m back from the back row of houses. Note that the Heartland towers dwarf the existing towers.
3. Fountain Creek, Strathcona County
This is what the towers would look like as you come into Fountain Creek phase 2 (just south of Balmoral, south of Wye road on the west side of Strathcona County). Again, it assumes the towers are being run along the Sherwood Park Greenbelt that separates the subdivision and Highway 216 (AltaLink’s and EPCOR’s “preferred” route). The view is along the “dry pond” between the houses approximately 750m away from the towers.