Del­marva to up­grade power lines from East New Mar­ket to Cam­bridge

Dorchester Star - - NEWS - By CANDICE SPEC­TOR cspec­tor@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Del­marva Power re­cently an­nounced plans to up­grade 11 miles of trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion lines that run be­tween East New Mar­ket and Cam­bridge.

The con­struc­tion pro­ject, set to be­gin late 2020 and con­clude by May 2022, in­volves re­plac­ing wood poles with new, more durable steel poles, as well as up­grad­ing wires and other elec­tric de­vices, ac­cord­ing to a Del­marva Power press re­lease.

The com­pany said the new, mod­ern poles are “de­signed to with­stand se­vere weather con­di­tions, such as 120 mph hur­ri­cane-force winds and bl­iz­zard con­di­tions” — plus they have a “much longer ser­vice life [than wooden poles] and re­quire much less main­te­nance over time.”

The new poles, in com­bi­na­tion with up­graded wires and de­vices, will “pre­vent out­ages and en­hance over­all re­li­a­bil­ity for the res­i­dents of Dorch­ester County.”

Del­marva said some home­own­ers and busi­nesses can ex­pect mi­nor, sched­uled out­ages dur­ing the con­struc­tion pe­riod — but the out­ages will be lim­ited to short du­ra­tions of time.

“We will work with each res­i­dent and busi­ness owner di­rectly to no­tify them of these out­ages and work with them to re­duce their im­pact,” the com­pany said.

Del­marva also said all con­struc­tion work will be per­formed “within the times iden­ti­fied in the con­struc­tion per­mits,” and noise lev­els from con­struc­tion will be kept “within es­tab­lished thresh­olds.”

In ad­di­tion to is­su­ing ad­vance no­tices to po­ten­tially af­fected com­mu­nity mem­bers, Del­marva said rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be avail­able to an­swer questions that may arise among res­i­dents.

In a re­lease Del­marva wrote, “The East New Mar­ket to Cam­bridge Pro­ject is part of our broader strate­gic ef­fort to strengthen and mod­ern­ize the en­ergy grid across our ser­vice area.”

“This ef­fort in­cludes dozens of tar­geted projects in com­mu­ni­ties across the East­ern Shore of Mary­land to harden our crit­i­cal en­ergy in­fra­struc­ture and build a more re­silient grid to pre­vent those out­ages that can be pre­vented,” the re­lease said.

Del­marva said dur­ing the last five years, the num­ber of elec­tric out­ages in its Mary­land ser­vice area has gone down 40%.

This up­com­ing pro­ject will en­hance ser­vice re­li­a­bil­ity for more than 13,600 Dorch­ester County cus­tomers.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to see photo sim­u­la­tions of the com­pleted pro­ject, visit https://www.power-viz.com/ New­Mar­ket-Cam­bridge/

PHOTO COUR­TESY DEL­MARVA POWER

Del­marva Power an­nounced plans to up­grade 11 miles of trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion lines that run be­tween East New Mar­ket and Cam­bridge, be­gin­ning late 2020.

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