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More Conowingo road delays due Thursday

More traffic delays are expected on Route 1 over Conowingo Dam during the day Thursday, the dam's owner said.

Personnel from the Conowingo Hydroelectric Generating Station will move crest gates from the upper parking lot at the Conowingo Visitor Center to the Conowingo Dam after the completion of regular maintenance and repairs, dam owner Exelon Generation said in a news release.

To move these large crest gates, it will be necessary to temporarily delay traffic on Route 1 in both directions from Route 222 on the Cecil County side of the dam to Shures Landing Road, just south of Conowingo on the Harford County side.

The temporary delays are expected to occur any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday. These delays on the highway will last from 15 to 20 minutes at a time.

According to Exelon Generation, all necessary permits have been received by the Maryland State Highway Administration and the transport will be escorted by the Maryland State Police. As the project progresses, additional road closures may be necessary and Exelon will make public notification of the closures.

Earlier this year, two crest gates were moved to the Visitor Center for regular maintenance. In 2012, it is expected that up to six crest gates will be moved for maintenance and that all 50 crest gates are scheduled to have maintenance work done during the next couple of years as part of this project.

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