Stratford Construction Update

Fibre to the Home Construction

While the weather is becoming more like winter, our construction crews are still working away! You’re likely to see our crews working in the area of Mornington Street and Waterloo Street North.

In areas that we are working, please be mindful and do not remove pylons, covers, or locate flags! These markings are important and also can present safety hazards if moved.

It’s important that residents interested in Fibre to the Home sign up — we don’t want to miss your address. Installs are happening now. Signing up for Fibre will get your name and address on our list!

Connect with us and we’ll give you all the info you need:


November 2, 2018

Over the next week or so, our crews will be working south of Mornington Street along Elizabeth Street, William Street, Waterloo Street North, Hillcrest Drive, William Street, Haig Street, and surrounding areas.

In areas that we are working, please be mindful and do not remove pylons, covers, or locate flags! These markings are important and also can present safety hazards if moved.

It’s important that residents interested in Fibre to the Home sign up as construction is in your area — we don’t want to miss your address. Signing up for Fibre will get your name and address on our list!

Connect with us and we’ll give you all the info you need:


October 19, 2018

You’re likely to see our crews working across our 2018 construction area over the next couple of weeks, including the neighbourhoods of and around Hibernia Street, Huron Street, Glastonbury Crescent, Greenwood Drive, Mornington, Glendon Road, Delamere, and William Street.

Did you know that we use directional boring (also called directional drilling) as the main method for burying our Fibre to the Home infrastructure? This machine is designed for minimal impact to surfaces, and is one of the key components to the construction process.

First step, the drill creates an underground bore path. Second step, the drill literally pulls our conduit back through the underground path (our conduit is the hollow piping you see on those huge reels around town). Third step, our Fibre to the Home lines get blown through the conduit!

As our main Fibre to the Home infrastructure is buried, we’re able to bury Fibre to each property that has signed up for service. Here is the video of our drop conduit machine in case you missed it from a previous post.

It’s important that residents interested in Fibre to the Home sign up as construction is in your area — we don’t want to miss your address. Signing up for Fibre will get your name and address on our list!

Connect with us and we’ll give you all the info you need:


October 5, 2018

Over the next week or so, our crews will be working in the area of William Street, Mornington, James, and Waterloo Street North.

It’s important that residents interested in Fibre to the Home sign up as construction is in your area — we don’t want to miss any address, and signing up for Fibre will get your name and address on our list!

Connect with us and we’ll give you all the info you need:


September 27, 2018

Our crews are currently working in the neighbourhood of Kemp Crescent and Simpson Court, installing our facilities on Municipal property.

As mentioned last week, we use the hydrovac method to vacuum dirt out of the area where we need to work, which helps to minimize surface digging and keep our construction as clean as possible (that’s the purpose of the large trucks with the cylinder-shaped body).

After preparing the ground, our horizontal directional drill installs our conduit underground on Municipal property, and then we place fibre into the conduit. After our fibre is in the conduit, we connect (splice) our mainline fibre.

Finally, we’re able to bury fibre from the curb to the exterior of all residences that have signed up for service. This is why it’s crucial that if you want Fibre to the Home, you contact us to let us know, as we will need your permission to bring fibre from the curb to your home. As you’ve likely noticed, we tend to move through neighbourhoods quite quickly!

Please don’t delay — contact us in whatever way is most convenient for you, and we’ll give you the details required to get Fibre to the Home. Installs have already started, and if you want your home to be included, you need to contact us to get your address on our list:

  • Email us ftthstratford@wightman.ca
  • Call us 1-877-863-4273
  • Visit us at 587 Huron Street, Unit 3, Stratford (and yes, we are open late on Thursdays, and we’re open Saturdays!) Click here for our store hours: Wightman.ca/contact

 


September 19, 2018

Our crews are working along Mornington Street, as well as in the neighbourhood of Graff Avenue and Kemp Crescent. Over the next several days, our work will be moving down to the neighbourhoods around Glendon Road and Dawson Street.

So what are we doing when you see us working on and around the sidewalks in these areas? We are installing our facilities on Municipal property. We use the hydrovac method to vacuum dirt out of the area where we need to work, which helps to minimize surface digging and keep our construction as clean as possible. Our horizontal directional drill installs our conduit underground on Municipal property, and then we place fibre into the conduit. After our fibre is in the conduit, we connect (splice) our mainline fibre.

After the work of laying our facilities on Municipal property is complete, we’re able to bury fibre from the curb to the exterior of all residences that have signed up for service. This is why it’s crucial that if you want Fibre to the Home, you contact us to let us know, as we will need your permission to bring fibre from the curb to your home.

You can contact us in whatever way is most convenient for you, and we’ll give you the details required to get Fibre to the Home:

  • Email us ftthstratford@wightman.ca
  • Call us 1-877-863-4273
  • Visit us at 587 Huron Street, Unit 3, Stratford (and yes, we are open late on Thursdays, and we’re open Saturdays!) Click here for our store hours: wightman.ca/contact

Installs in Stratford have started! Sign up today so that your name and address are on our list!


September 7, 2018

Over the next week, you’re likely to see our construction crews working in the areas of Bedford and Park Lane Drive, Kemp Crescent, and Graff Avenue. We’ll also have a drill in the Normandy Drive area as we continue to lay Fibre conduit on municipal property.

Installs are happening now in Stratford, so just a friendly reminder that if you want Wightman Fibre to the Home service, you must sign up! We will not automatically bring Fibre to your location, so be sure your name and address are on our list!

It’s easy to connect with us — we’ll give you all the details you need to sign up:

  • Email: ftthstratford@wightman.ca
  • Call us: 1-877-863-4273
  • Visit us at 587 Huron Street Unit 3 (and yes, we are open Saturdays from 9AM-5PM!) Click here for a full list of our office hours.


August 31, 2018

Part of the process of bringing Fibre directly to homes involves us installing a drop conduit (hollow piping) through which we’re able to bring Fibre directly to homes!

As technology continues to evolve, new methods of burying conduit do, too! Check out this video of our contract crew installing a drop conduit on a property in Stratford. Not only is it small (and therefore minimally invasive), this machine is operated with a remote control for greater maneuverability in small or congested job sites. The rubber tracks help to minimize any damage or disturbance to the ground, and the point where the conduit is buried appears virtually seamless.

This drop conduit machine is able to bore under driveways and sidewalks, and can bury conduit at depths of 12 inches underground.

We will only make arrangements to bring Fibre directly to your home if you sign up for Wightman Fibre to the Home.

Connect with us today, and we’ll give you all the details you need to sign up:


August 24, 2018

Today we’re talking about the sign up process for Wightman Fibre to the Home.

Why do I have to sign up for Wightman Fibre to the Home?
We will not automatically bring Fibre to your location, so in order to make arrangements to have Fibre brought into your home, we need to know that you want the service. Even current Wightman customers must sign up to have Fibre brought to their home.

What services can I get from Wightman?

  • On the residential side:
    • Amazing Internet with speed tiers as fast as 1 Gbps – all Wightman's Internet packages are unlimited with no usage based billing;
    • Digital TV with crystal-clear HD channels, DVR, Whole Home DVR, and TV Everywhere. We offer a wide selection pre-built packages and standalone channels;
    • Home phone with 10 free features;
    • Mobility service to complete your quad-play bundle.
  • On the business side, we offer all of the above as well as:
    • Business data services;
    • Managed WiFi;
    • Business HPBX (Hosted Private Branch Exchange) or on-premise solutions;
    • CCTV IP cameras and Network Video Recording systems.

What are the benefits of signing up for Wightman Fibre to the Home now?
There are some great reasons to sign up for Fibre to the Home now. If you sign up now, your price will be locked in based on our current prices. That could mean signing up today, you would lock in to our 2018 rates, even if you don't get connected until 2020. You will continue to enjoy the price through 2023. Signing up today also allows you to move your internet and/or phone service over to Wightman now, so you can start enjoying the Wightman experience. Knowing where the most interest is for Fibre to the Home also influences our Fibre design, especially in the 2019 and 2020 phases. Also, installation is free while construction is in your area.

How do I sign up for Fibre?
You can start the Fibre sign up process in any of the following ways:
- Visit us at 587 Huron Street, Unit 3 in Stratford (see our office hours here)
- Call us at 1-877-863-4273
- Visit our website at wightman.ca/contact (Select "Fibre to the Home" from the drop down menu)
- Email us ftthstratford@wightman.ca

What happens after I sign up for Fibre?
After you sign up for Fibre, our previewer will make arrangements to come to your home and work with you to determine the best location to bring Wightman Fibre into your home. Once Fibre is brought down your street, we will call you to arrange an installation time that suits you.

 


August 17, 2018

We’re well into our Stratford Fibre to the Home construction project and installations, and one question we frequently get asked is “What are all the flags and markings on the lawn and sidewalk for?”

The flags and markings you may be seeing are called locates. Locates are ground markings that identify where utility lines (such as gas, hydro, cable, water, etc) are located in the ground. These lines are identified using records or special locating equipment.

Another question is, “What do the different colour flags and markings represent?”

Red = Electricity
Yellow = Gas, oil, steam, chemical
Orange = Communications services, cable
Blue = Water
Green = Sewer, storm drain
Pink = Temporary survey markings
Purple = Reclaimed water, irrigation, and slurry lines
White = Proposed excavation

While Dig Safe Month occurs annually in April, Safety is one of our values at Wightman, and locates are a very important part of our construction process. Understanding where utility lines and other services are located underground helps us to ensure the safety of our workers as well as the safety of the buried lines. Locates help us to determine where Wightman facilities will be buried on municipal property as well as under the ground to your home!

As a reminder, please do not remove these flags while mowing your lawn or doing yard work. It's important that they remain in place!

Construction is underway and Fibre to the Home installs are happening now in Stratford. It’s important that if you want Wightman Fibre brought to your location that you sign up so we can ensure that your name is on our list.

Connect with us today, and we will give you all the details you need to sign up:


August 10, 2018

Over the next week or so, you’ll likely notice our contract company, Avertex, working along Mornington Street, as well as in the neighbourhood of Glastonbury and Coriano, and finishing up our work on Brett Street.

You may have read in the Beacon Herald that Wightman Fibre to the Home installs are underway: https://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/news/local-news/fibre-project-ahead-of-schedule To be included and have Fibre brought to your location, you need to sign up. For details and more information, please connect with us:


August 3, 2018

With installs underway, our contract company, Avertex continues to along streets in our 2018 construction area, placing Wightman infrastructure on municipal property. You’re likely to see our crews over the next week working on Glastonbury, Nethercott, Coriano, and other streets in the area.

We have started bringing Fibre to the Home directly into homes of people living our 2018 construction area. We will only bring Fibre to your location if you’ve signed up for service, so please contact us for more information on the sign up and installation process:

Check out this article in the Beacon Herald highlighting one of our very first Fibre to the Home installs in Stratford!  https://www.stratfordbeaconherald.com/news/local-news/fibre-project-ahead-of-schedule

 


July 27, 2018

It’s official!

Wightman Fibre to the Home installs are happening in Stratford!

We’ve been laying the ground work for Wightman Fibre to the Home through construction activity for the past couple of months, and effective this week, we have started installing Fibre directly into the homes of people living in our 2018 construction area who have signed up for Wightman Fibre to the Home! This is a major milestone in our Fibre to the Home project timeline.

If you live in the following neighbourhoods and you want a direct fibre optic connection brought into your home, reminder to sign up now as installs have started and we don’t want to pass you by:

  • Mornington Street between Graff Avenue and Hibernia Street
  • Glastonbury Drive and surrounding streets
  • Brittania, Charles, Caledonia, and Hibernia Streets
  • Graff Avenue, Glendon Road, and surrounding streets

Only those homes and businesses that have signed up for service will have Fibre brought into their location. Want more details? Email, call, or visit us, and we’ll give you all the information you need to sign up:


July 20, 2018

Ever wonder what’s beneath one of our pedestals? (please don’t remove the lid!) Inside one of our pedestals is a complex network of wiring, from which we distribute our Wightman Fibre. Fun fact: All of Wightman’s pedestals are flush-to-grade!

Over the next week or so, you’re likely to see our contract company, Avertex, working in the following neighbourhoods: Mornington Street between Graff Avenue and Hibernia Street, Glastonbury Drive and surrounding streets, Brittania, Charles, Caledonia, and Hibernia Streets, Graff Avenue, Glendon Road, and surrounding streets.

Stay tuned next week for a very exciting announcement! A reminder that we will not automatically bring Fibre to your location: Interested homes and businesses must sign up (even if you’re already a Wightman customer).

Email, call, or visit us, and we’ll give you the details you need to sign up:


July 13, 2018

Our Fibre to the Home project involves us bringing a Fibre connection to each home and business that has signed up Fibre. To do this, first we must install and bury our fibre infrastructure in the street, then we must prepare the building called our Point of Presence (POP) where we keep the technology that enables us to deliver Fibre to the Home services, and then from there we are able to bring Fibre throughout surrounding neighbourhoods.

Pictured below is a behind-the-scenes glance at a piece of the technology that is housed in our Point Of Presence (POP) locations. Each of the yellow lines represent a unique connection. From our Point Of Presence, we’re able to bring Fibre to the Home connections directly to homes and businesses.

In the coming weeks we will have more exciting news about how our project is moving along in Stratford! Now is the time to sign up for Fibre. In the next couple of weeks, you’re likely to see our contract company, Avertex, working in the neighbourhoods around Mornington Street between Graff Avenue and Hibernia Street. Homes and businesses that want Fibre installed need to sign up for service so that we don’t miss you when we go by.

Email, call, or visit us, and we’ll give you the details you need to sign up:


July 6, 2018

We’ve had a strong start to the month of July, with our contract company, Avertex, finishing work along McCarthy Road. Over the next week, look for us working in the neighbourhood of Deacon Street, Northway Circle, Dickens Place, and Hyde Road. We’re placing our infrastructure in the ground, which will enable us to bring Fibre to the Home to residents and businesses in the area!

Now is the time to sign up for Wightman Fibre to the Home, to ensure that we include you in our construction plans! Homes and businesses that want to have Fibre installed at their location must sign up. or more information about Wightman Fibre to the Home in Stratford, visit wightman.ca/stratford or call 1-877-863-4273. You can also visit our Stratford location, 587 Huron Street, Unit 3, or email ftthstratford@wightman.ca and we will send you the details you need.


June 28, 2018

Work continues on our Point of Presence (POP) at the corner of Greenwood Drive and McCarthy Road. As mentioned in our last update, this is a critical part of our Fibre to the Home project, as from our POP, we’re able to bring our Fibre to the Home connection directly into your home.

Our contract company, Avertex, continues to work in the Greenwood Drive, Norwood Court, Henry Drive area, installing Wightman facilities on municipal property. The large spools you see in the area are spools of conduit for our Fibre. More locates will be happening in the next couple of weeks as well as construction moves along.

If you live in the Greenwood Drive neighbourhood and surrounding streets, we urge you to sign up for Wightman Fibre to the Home so we don’t miss your home when we go by. For more information about Wightman Fibre to the Home in Stratford, visit wightman.ca/stratford or call 1-877-863-4273. You can also visit our Stratford location, 587 Huron Street, Unit 3, or email ftthstratford@wightman.ca and we will send you the details you need to sign up.


June 21, 2018

We continue to work on our Point of Presence (POP) at the corner of Greenwood Drive and McCarthy Road. This is a critical part of our Fibre to the Home project. Our contract company, Avertex, is working in the Greenwood Drive neighbourhood, installing Wightman facilities on municipal property. The large spools you see in the area are spools of conduit for our Fibre.

If you live in the Greenwood Drive neighbourhood and surrounding streets, we urge you to sign up for Wightman Fibre to the Home so we don’t miss your home when we go by. For more information about Wightman Fibre to the Home in Stratford, visit wightman.ca/stratford or call 1-877-863-4273. You can also visit our Stratford location, 587 Huron Street, Unit 3, or email ftthstratford@wightman.ca and we will send you the details you need to sign up.

Reminder: We will not automatically bring fibre into your building. Homes and businesses who want Wightman Fibre service must sign up.


 

June 14, 2018

Work on our Point Of Presence site at the corner of Greenwood Drive and McCarthy Road continues, and if you’re in the area you’re likely to see spools of conduit, pylons, and even one of our drills. Our contract company, Avertex, continues their work along Greenwood Drive installing Wightman facilities on municipal property.

If you live in the neighbourhood of Greenwood Drive and the surrounding streets, we urge you to sign up for Wightman Fibre to the Home so we don’t miss your home when we go by. For more information about Wightman Fibre to the Home in Stratford, visit wightman.ca/stratford or call 1-877-863-4273. You can also visit our Stratford location in the Sobey’s plaza, 587 Huron Street or email ftthstratford@wightman.ca and we will send you the details you need to sign up. Reminder: We will not automatically bring fibre into your building. Homes and businesses who want Wightman Fibre service must sign up.



June 7, 2018

You’ve likely noticed the work happening east of the Rotary Complex! Our contract company, Avertex, has a drill working along Greenwood Drive installing Wightman facilities on municipal property.

Make sure we don't miss installing fibre to your home or business! For more information about Wightman Fibre to the Home in Stratford, visit wightman.ca/stratford or call 1-877-863-4273. Reminder: We will not automatically bring fibre into your building. Homes and businesses who want Wightman Fibre service must sign up.


May 25, 2018   |   Fibre to the Home Construction

Make sure we don't miss installing fibre to your home or business!  Head to our Stratford store at 587 Huron St. Unit 3 and sign up!

Mainline construction of Wightman Fibre to the Home has started with drilling work in the area of McCarthy Road West to the east of the Rotary Complex, including the following streets:

• Greenwood Dr
• Norwood Ct
• Henry Dr
• Sharman St
• Wadell St
• Warwick Rd
• Sargint St
• Arthur St

Our contract company, Avertex, is working in the area to place Wightman facilities on municipal property.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting project as we work to make Fibre to the Home available to residents and businesses in Stratford! For more information about Wightman Fibre to the Home in Stratford, visit wightman.ca/stratford or call 1-877-863-4273. Reminder: We will not automatically bring fibre into your building. Homes and businesses who want Wightman Fibre service must sign up.

Learn more about our Fibre to the Home project in Stratford.

 


May 14, 2018   |   Fibre to the Home Construction

Locates have started (small lawn flags and marks), and residents will see Avertex (our contract company) vehicles working in the area May 21 or before. Avertex will be working to place Wightman facilities on municipal property.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting project as we work to make Fibre to the Home available to residents and businesses in Stratford! For more information about Wightman Fibre to the Home in Stratford, visit wightman.ca/stratford or call 1-877-863-4273. Reminder: We will not automatically bring fibre to your location. Homes and businesses who want Wightman Fibre service must sign up.

 


April 3, 2018   |   Fibre to the Home Construction  

On March 22, 2018 our contracting crew was completing the drop installation into our new Wightman Stratford store at 587 Huron St. Unit 3!

Learn more about our Fibre to the Home project in Stratford.