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BGE continues to make investments in the electric grid to further improve the safety and reliability of service for 1.3 million customers in central Maryland. Projects and maintenance work featured on this page highlight a variety of those investments—from overhead to underground lines, transmission to substations, and more. BGE customers are enjoying the best electric service reliability in the company's history as a result of this innovative, proactive work.


Current projects

 
 

 
 

Electric Reliability Investment (ERI) Initiative

BGE’s Electric Reliability Investment initiative is designed to accelerate the pace of improvements to the electric distribution system to help reduce the frequency and duration of electric service interruptions for customers. Read More
 

Key Crossing Reliability Initiative

 
 

BGE owns and operates electric transmission lines that are part of the regional transmission system that transports electricity into, out of, and through the BGE service area. Currently, one segment of BGE's transmission system, which crosses under the Patapsco River next to the Francis Scott Key Bridge, is nearing the end of its useful life. The scope of BGE's Key Crossing Reliability Initiative Transmission Line Project is to replace this segment between Hawkins Point in Baltimore City and Sollers Point in Baltimore County.


If you are interested in learning more about this project, visit BGE’s Key Crossing project webpage or contact keycrossing@bge.com.

 

Waugh Chapel Wood Pole Project

BGE has identified the need to replace wood poles along a two-mile segment of transmission line with distribution attached, between Westfield-Annapolis Mall and the Cedar Park substation.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and impact our community, we want to reaffirm with you our commitment to the safety and well-being of our customers, employees, and contractors. Safety is our top priority. For this reason, BGE has delayed the start of this electric reliability project and has adjusted the construction timeline accordingly. This project will still be completed in two phases. The new estimated timelines are:

  • Phase One – August to November 2020
  • Phase Two – March to June 2021
  • Site Restoration – June to July 2021

Most construction will take place Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., with extended hours as needed. There may be occasional weekend work. Construction activity on this project will result in partial road and lane closures. Details on closures will be made available in advance.

The open house scheduled for the evening of March 12 at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center was canceled.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Kristina Bigby at 240.583.7926 or email bgeproject@bge.com and reference the Waugh Chapel Wood Pole Project.

 

Reisterstown Road Electric Reliability Upgrade Project

BGE routinely inspects its infrastructure and upgrades components when necessary to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of power. Beginning in February 2020, BGE will perform preventative maintenance on underground electric cable located beneath Reisterstown Road (MD 140) near Old Court Road. This work is part of an ongoing reliability project in the area.

Site preparation and maintenance activities will continue on a 24-hour schedule, for approximately 60 days. During that time, modifications to current traffic patterns along Reisterstown Road will be required to complete the work safely. Traffic modifications will include:

  • Eliminate the left turn from northbound and southbound MD 140 to Old Court Road.
  • Reduce travel lanes on MD 140 to one in the northbound direction in the immediate work zone. Two travel lanes will be maintained southbound.
  • Provide signage for drivers to follow the detour route to Old Court Road.
  • Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will temporarily discontinue three bus stops in the work zone during construction, two on MD 140 and one located on Old Court Road.
  • The exit driveway at St. Mark’s On The Hill Episcopal Church will be inaccessible for the duration of the work. The entrance driveway will remain open and will function as an entrance/exit for the church.

BGE does not expect that electric service will be interrupted as a result of the work; if a temporary interruption is required, impacted customers will be notified. For questions or concerns, please email BGEProject@bge.com and reference the Reisterstown Road Electric Reliability Upgrade Project.


 

Lipins Corner to Naval Academy Junction Transmission Project

Lipins-Corner-transmission-photo-sim.pngBGE's investment in its transmission line between the Lipins Corner and Naval Academy Junction substations is part of the company's ongoing commitment to providing safe, reliable delivery of energy to customers. Transmission lines are the backbone of the electric system and supply power to distribution lines, which deliver energy to customers' homes and businesses.

This project includes the replacement of six miles of overhead transmission lines and poles (see nearby photo simulation example). Work is being conducted within the existing transmission corridor. No new transmission right of way will be required and the entire project will be constructed on BGE property. Work is scheduled to begin in late 2019 and should be completed in 2021.

View a map of the project corridor.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact BGE at BGEProject@BGE.com or 410.470.7700 and refer to the Lipins Corner Transmission Project. Please include your name and address for prompt follow-up.


Loch Raven Electric Facility 

This site, bounded by Hillen Rd., Wellbourne Rd. and Sherwood Ave. in Baltimore, was selected and purchased for a new electric distribution facility, known as the Loch Raven Electric Facility. It will reliably distribute electric power to the homes and businesses in the area. BGE will maintain a fenced, secure location at this site until construction begins soon. BGE worked closely with Baltimore City and community stakeholders to select the new location that will help ensure continued electric service reliability. Contact BGEProject@bge.com with any questions or concerns.

 

Westport to Wilkens Electric Reliability Project

BGE is working on a project that will increase the reliability of the energy grid.  As part of this project,Click here to view map of Westport to Wilkens Electric Reliability Project BGE is installing new equipment underground from Westport Substation to the site of the future Wilkens Substation. This equipment will run along parts of Cedley Street, Kent Street and Hollins Ferry Road before crossing under Washington Blvd., I-95, Carroll Park Golf Course and linking to a new electric facility near Wilkens Avenue and S. Catherine Street. In addition to adding durable new equipment to keep pace with customers' electric usage, the project will make it possible to more quickly re-route power in the event of an outage. The project which began in summer 2018, will continue through 2019 and is scheduled for completion in late 2019.

On sections of streets where work is occurring, you can expect to see construction crews excavating the pavement (roadway and sections of sidewalk) to install underground equipment and manholes. This work will require some temporary road and lane closures, parking restrictions, and additional temporary traffic signals and signage to regulate traffic in work zones. All work zones will be clearly marked and managed.  For your safety and the safety of BGE employees and contractors, please use caution around utility work zones. 

For more information or updates, please contact BGEProject@bge.com and reference the Westport to Wilkens Electric Reliability Project. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to upgrade the energy grid so we can continue to provide reliable efficient and safe service to our customers.

 

Wilkens Avenue Substation Project

We are beginning a project to upgrade the electric system serving the Wilkens Ave. corridor
and southwest Baltimore.   A new electric distribution facility is being constructed on BGE property off Wilkens Avenue between S. Catherine Street and S. Bentalou Street.  The new substation facility will transform electricity from higher voltages used to move it from power plants at great distances to lower voltages used in homes, schools and businesses. This facility will also be connected to other electric facilities with new underground equipment (see Westport to Wilkens Electric Reliability Project) that will make it possible for BGE to re-route power quickly during outages due to storms or other causes. Doing so will help BGE improve service to you by reducing the frequency and duration of outages. During construction, there will be increased activity and vehicles at the construction location near South Catherine Street and South Bentalou Streets.  We will work to minimize construction disruption as much as possible. We expect to be working throughout the remainder of 2019, with the new facility becoming operational at the end of 2019.  Please contact BGEProject@bge.com with any questions or concerns and reference the Wilkens Avenue Substation Project.

 


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