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For Immediate Release


Delmarva Power to Improve Reliability in Talbot County

Distribution Line to be Rebuilt between Bozman and Sherwood, Md.

BOZMAN, Md. - In order to continue to provide safe, reliable electric service in Talbot County, Md., Delmarva Power will begin in January 2014 to relocate and rebuild a 25,000-volt (25kV) power line along six miles of Route 33 between Bozman and Sherwood.

The approximately $2.27 million project will involve the following:

• Installing new conductors and wiring;
• Moving the line out of a heavily-wooded area and closer to the road;
• Replacing the current 40-foot tall wooden poles with 45-foot tall wooden poles;
• Providing environmental mitigation by planting over 4,200 trees and shrubs in designated areas along Route 33 and in the cleared right-of-way of the old pole line.

"The current power line is located in an area that makes it susceptible to falling trees and limbs during bad weather, and such occurrences can often lead to frequent and extended power outages," said John Allen, Delmarva Power Region Vice President. "We believe that moving the line away from a heavily-wooded area will improve reliability in that area of Talbot County."

Work will take place during normal, daytime business hours and will affect area traffic in the form of occasional lane closures. "We are coordinating the project with the Maryland State Highway Administration and cable television and telephone utilities to minimize traffic disruption during construction," said Allen.

Line construction is expected to be completed by the end of June 2014, with reforestation work finished by Dec. 31, 2014.

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