For Immediate Release
- Delmarva Power plans to rebuild a nearly 50-year old transmission line between
Red Lion and Milford, Del., to enhance electric service reliability in the
230,000-volt transmission line will be rebuilt on 58 miles of the existing
right-of-way between the company's Red Lion substation in southern New Castle
County, the Cedar Creek substation in Kent County and the Milford substation in
Sussex County. Construction on the first phase between Red Lion and Cedar Creek
is scheduled to begin in June 2015 with completion targeted for December 2016.
Work from Cedar Creek to Milford is expected to start in June 2016 and be
finished in December 2017.
approximately $71 million project involves the rebuild of the existing circuit
and replacement of more than 400 wooden poles that are 65- to 100-feet tall with
more durable, weathering steel poles that are 110- to 140-feet high. Weathering
steel poles eliminate the need for painting and form a stable, rust-like
appearance if exposed to the weather for several years. Construction of the
replacement line will take place along the eastern border of the existing
right-of-way. All wooden structures will be removed when the project is
Power plans to make every effort to minimize noise and traffic disruptions
rebuilt transmission line will help avoid extended power outages, should there
be a major problem with transmission and generation infrastructure," said Gary
Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. "This project is one in a series
of transmission system enhancements we are making to maintain reliability on
the Delmarva Peninsula."
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