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Delmarva Power Replaces Ocean City Utility Poles

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OCEAN CITY, Md.– Delmarva Power is rebuilding a high-voltage transmission line along the town's Coastal Highway between the Maridel substation on 41st Street and the Ocean Bay substation on 85th Street.

"I think it's a great idea because every time there is a storm the power goes out," said John Colley, of Ocean City. "And this way they won't go out."

Officials said this project will impact service in Ocean City and throughout portions of Worcester County, Md. and Sussex County, Del.

The $10 million project to rebuild the existing 69,000 -volt transmission line is scheduled for the week of Oct. 14 and involves the replacement of 90 wooden poles, most of which officials say are more than 40-years-old, with galvanized steel poles that require less maintenance and are built to withstand winds of up to 120 mph.

"I think the power has a tendency to go out here," complained Larry Forseth, also of Ocean City. "So any kind of upgrades, as long as we have sufficient funds and time available without hurting our tourism trade, I think it's a great thing to do."

Forty-five of the existing wooden poles are 65-feet-tall and hold the 69,000-volt line. Officials said these poles will be replaced with 90-foot-tall steel poles in order to achieve greater safety clearance from nearby buildings.

The other 45 shorter, wooden distribution poles are located in between the taller poles and will be replaces with steel poles of approximately the same height.

"We have coordinated the project with the Town of Ocean City, the Maryland State Highway Administration and other utilities to minimize the amount of noise and traffic disruptions during construction," said Delmarva Power Region Vice President John Allen. "For safety reasons, residents should expect intermittent closure of right traffic and bus lanes in those blocks under construction."

The rebuild of the line is targeted for completion by the end of February 2014. All post-project cleanup work will be finalized by mid-April 2014.

Additional information can be found by visiting www.delmarva.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/delmarvaconnect.

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