DENTON — Delmarva Power plans to rebuild a high-voltage transmission line between the company’s substations near Millington and in Denton in order to enhance electric service reliability in Queen Anne’s and Caroline counties.

Delmarva said it will invest approximately $29.6 million to rebuild the 25.5-mile, 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, which will enhance reliability of the transmission system.

The project will replace 182 wooden poles, which range in height from 55- to 80-feet, with steel poles that are 95- to 125-feet tall. Steel poles are resistant to corrosion and can withstand hurricane force winds of 120 miles per hour.

“The current infrastructure was built in 1955 and is approaching the end of its useful life, so it is important that we undertake this project to maintain and improve the reliability of the transmission system” said John Allen, Delmarva Power Region Vice President.

Work is scheduled to begin in February 2016 with completion targeted for June 2017. Delmarva plans to schedule two community meetings in early 2015 to provide more details on the project.

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