FREDERICK, Md. - A multi-million dollar project to enhance the reliability of the Mid-Atlantic Electric Transmission Grid is underway. The project is one of several that First Energy will be completing in 2014.
"These structures have stood out here for about 40 plus years," said Todd Meyers, Spokesperson for Potomac Edison. "They were ending their useful life and what we're doing is spending $18 million to put up a brand new line on the old right of way."
The stretch is part of the almost 99 mile line which needs improvements. Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of First Energy, is the company handling the part of the line in Frederick County by putting up 14 new towers and wires.
"That will run for three miles until we link up with Dominion Power," Meyers adds. "Dominion Power has the rest of the line. It's about a 99 mile line. They have about 96 miles and they're building it back into Mt. Storm, West Virginia"
The new line is expected to transfer more electricity and reduce the number of electrical issues in the surrounding areas.
"It wont look a whole lot different but it'll be able to move more electrons on a smaller conductor to make everyone's service better," said Meyers.