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

Drivers on the Trans-Canada could see a spectacle in the sky over the next few weeks as NL Hydro flies in transmission towers for a new line to Bay d'Espoir.

580 towers airlifted by a crane nicknamed Bubba, in move that may delay traffic

The first towers are airlifted for a new transmission line to the electrical generating station at Bay d'Espoir in the Newfoundland interior. (Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro)

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.

NL Hydro says 14 steel towers were installed Tuesday on its new line to the Avalon Peninsula. (Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro)

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.

This hardworking air crane has been nicknamed Bubba by the hydro crew. (NL Hydro)

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.

The new line to the most populated part of the province follows the path of the original line built in the late 1960s. (NL Hydro)