NextEra and Suncor Adelaide projects add guard rails for ‘safety’ because they planted monstrous metal hydro poles along the shoulder of these country roads (Kerwood Road: 90km/h speed limit). WPD’s local Napier project moved their poles to the road edge a year ago and it tragically claimed a life already. This is what they call ‘mitigation’ I believe?
These are monster-huge transmission poles – the largest being 100′ tall and close to 4′ at the base. If you wonder why they are placed on a roadway, well ask Middlesex Cty. The photos above mockingly show what Nextera, the OEB and the MOE think of road safety. How could such an emminent assemblage of lawyers, doctors, engineers, and all the other “professionals” who provided all the learned expertise at the ERT and OEB hearings approve such an awkward, cobbled up, stupid mess as this – and, get paid for their “testimony.” One wishes that they should have to travel this gauntlet of steely bludgeons for the rest of their lives. So much education, so little intelligence.
Why didn’t Middlesex County call Nextera’s bluff and go to court about such obvious road safety hazards. In not doing so, a very bad precedent has been set. Basically a private corporation posing as a public utility claims their “infrastructure” is for the public good. Really, that was the argument – said with a smirk. Nextera’s initial submissions to the OEB lacked specific details as to where the line would go or how large the poles would be. The size was the last thing revealed. They also sought a directive to allow them to site the line on adjacent private property on an “as needed” basis and Nextera would dictate what compensation they would pay.
This was not granted; and, despite a desperate campaign by the mercenary “landmen” to get signatures, most property owners were enraged with the treatment and refused to sign the easements. As a result, Nextera had to negotiate with the County (Plan B as it were). It would have made an interesting court case, because the County owns the right of way (ROW) and is responsible for traffic safety. The “Bibles” for traffic safety is the provincial Roadside Safety Manual and the Design Manual.
Nextera’s “experts” interpreted the guidance of the Manuals in a very liberal way and sought even less “protective measures” than what was finally settled on. For instance, They saw no problem putting 100’ poles as close as 3 m. off the edge of pavement without guard rail. The photos above mockingly show what Nextera, the OEB and the MOE think of road safety.
One wishes more that Middlesex County would have had the “cojones” to say “NO” and go to court. As it is, they sold out for a yearly rent payment and the pathetic attempts at “mitigating” the obvious hazard. It’s NexTerror’s road now – the County sold out their residents.
As mentioned above, this is a very bad precedent. After shedding these 2 “manuals”, what’s next? It’s not just a problem for rural areas. Similar things could be done in the cities. There’s lots of safety regulations to shred for the corporate barbarians who are now in control. However, there is an old trap that they cannot avoid.
Let’s see, how does that go – Success, outrageous behaviour, disaster. This applies to individuals, nations, empires. What stage are they at right now?