NB Power upgrades transmission lines along Shippagan-Lamèque causeway

NB Power says work is underway to strengthen its transmission system along the causeway that connects Shippagan and Lamèque.

The move comes after a severe thunderstorm in May broke 30 poles in the Acadian Peninsula, including several along the causeway.

Some meteorologists estimated that wind speeds hit 190 kilometres per hour during the storm, according to the utility.

Officials say footings are being constructed for the 17 steel power poles that will be placed on the causeway.

The poles are expected to be delivered during the week of Dec. 11, with work anticipated to be completed before the end of the month.