BGE to begin utility project near downtown Towson

A letter sent earlier this month from BGE to customers in Towson outlines plans for infrastructure improvements around the BGE substation on Fairmount Avenue, which will begin later this month.

According to the letter from Senior Project Manager Karen McKinney of BGE, the project will upgrade both overhead and underground power lines along Towsontown Boulevard up to the intersection with Bosley Avenue.

McKinney wrote that the installation of underground lines along Towsontown Boulevard, and pole replacements near the substation and at Bosley Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard, would cause single lane closures during non-peak traffic times.

"We are committed to minimizing construction and traffic disturbances as much as possible, but you may experience some construction activity, including the presence of utility vehicles and crews at points along the project route," McKinney wrote.

In a statement, Councilman David Marks urged residents to see the benefits of the work, despite the potential inconveniences.

"While there may be some traffic delays, it is critical to upgrade Towson's electrical network," Marks, who represents the 5th District including Towson, said. "Two hurricanes and last year's derecho taught us the value of repairing and improving an older power grid."

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