Look out below! NL Hydro begins transmission tower airlift for new line to Bay d'Espoir

Drivers on the Trans-Canada Highway leaving Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula should be on the lookout during the next few weeks for flying transmission towers.

The steel towers, which weigh up to 10 tonnes each, are being airlifted over the Chapel Arm–Come By Chance area as work begins on a new transmission line to Bay d'Espoir.

The line will upgrade the electrical corridor to the most populated area of the province, reinforcing a network built in the late 1960s.

The airlift will be visible from the road until about mid-May when the work moves inland, and drivers may have to stop while the transfers are happening.

There are 580 towers being moved by a single air crane nicknamed Bubba. The towers are being assembled in yards along the transmission route.

NL Hydro said 14 towers were installed on Tuesday. Another two went up Wednesday, before crews were forced to take a break because of high winds.

The new line is scheduled to be in service by this winter.