For Immediate Release
ODESSA, Del. - Delmarva Power will hold a community
meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the Odessa Fire Company at 304 Main St.
in Odessa, Del., to provide details on its plan to rebuild a more than 50- year
old electric transmission line between Red Lion and Milford, Del.
The approximately $71 million project to rebuild the
existing, 58-mile, 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line is necessary to maintain
the company's commitment to safe, reliable service for its customers and to
meet compliance standards set by the North American Electric Reliability
Corporation. Work on the first phase from Red Lion to Cedar Creek is expected
to occur between June 2015 and December 2016. Construction on the second phase
from Cedar Creek to Milford is scheduled from June 2016 to December 2017.
The project involves the replacement of more than 800,
65- to 100-foot tall, wooden poles (H-frame construction) with over 400, 110-
to 140-foot tall, single steel poles that are more durable, require less
maintenance and can withstand hurricane force winds of 100 mph.
The replacement transmission line will be built along the
eastern border of the existing right-of-way so that service will not be
affected during construction. The original transmission line will be removed
once the entire project is completed.
Several of the new poles that cross waterways will be 25 feet
taller than the other steel poles.
"This project will strengthen our system and ensure that
we can continue to meet our customers' energy needs," said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva
Power region president.
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