After hearing concerns from Merritt residents over the coming Merritt Area Transmission Project, BC Hydro says it will continue with the planned Alternative 1B, which will increase Merritt’s power capacity.
Hydro held a public meeting at the Merritt Civic Centre Monday to discuss residents’ concerns and suggestions gathered by Hydro from its first public meeting May 3.
A recurring suggestion for Hydro to go underground for the portion of the line impacting Forksdale residents was denied on the grounds that it was too costly, a cost differential of $3.6 million.
Hydro major project T&D director Melissa Holland said Hydro would look at crowding the line to the south of the right-of-way, away from Forksdale homes.
Residents have expressed concerns over property devaluation, health effects, and unsightliness.
Hydro will next begin aerial survey work.