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For Immediate Release


Aaron Koos

Utility Helicopter to Perform Maintenance on BGE Electric Transmission Equipment

WHO: BGE and utility helicopter contractor Haverfield Aviation WHAT: BGE will be using a utility helicopter contractor (see photo of helicopter N50AP to be used) to perform maintenance on BGE electric transmission equipment, including towers, poles and wires. Area residents and motorists may see the helicopter hovering near power lines and rights of way or following a flight path along electric transmission rights of way. A utility worker from the helicopter will also perform work on the equipment. The helicopter may be seen hovering over individual transmission towers for as much as an hour before moving to the next piece of equipment. BGE is working to minimize disruption from the helicopter. Motorists and passersby are advised to use caution in the vicinity of the work and maintain focus on traffic.

WHEN: Weather permitting, this work is scheduled for April 29-30 and May 7-8 between 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Bowie, Md. April 29-30

  • Electric transmission poles along the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis (WB&A) Trail near Old Chapel Dr. and Highbridge Rd. 
  • Electric transmission towers on right of way near Normal School Rd. and Laurel Bowie Rd. 
  • Electric transmission towers on the right of way near Triple Crown Rd. and Climbing Fern Ct. N. Linthicum Heights, Md. May 7-8 
  • Electric transmission poles along the railroad tracks near I-695 at N. Camp Meade Rd. entrance/exit ramps 
  • Electric transmission poles along the railroad tracks near S. Old Annapolis Rd., Lake Front Dr. and Belle Grove Rd. 
  • Electric transmission poles near the N. Linthicum Heights Light Rail Station and visible from Koch Rd., Mountain Blvd., Boulevard Pl., Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., and N. Campe Meade Rd.

WHY: The maintenance is part of BGE’s focus on continued electric service reliability for customers. The helicopter enables access to equipment that poses a challenge to access from the ground. Aerial access allows the work to be performed efficiently and safely.

NOTE: In addition to this maintenance, BGE also continues to conduct aerial equipment inspections utilizing a Catalyst Aviation helicopter N63MB, expected to be completed by May 31, weather permitting. The inspection helicopter also hovers above structures for a shorter duration than required by the maintenance work.


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