BGE will be using a utility helicopter contractor (see photo of helicopter N500ZE 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 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.
Weather permitting, this work is scheduled for Aug. 29 – Sept. 5, 2015, 7 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The BGE electric transmission equipment is located in Edgewood in Harford County, Maryland. The section of electric transmission line where the maintenance will be performed is roughly between Edgewood Rd. and Abingdon Rd., near Pulaski Hwy and the railroad tracks. Maintenance will also be performed near Otter Point Rd. and on electric transmission line spanning the Bush River from the Otter Creek Marina to the Flying Point Park and Marina. The helicopter will be making landings near the Raphel Rd. and Philadelphia Rd. intersection in Baltimore County.
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.