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Officials urge drivers over Conowingo Dam to use caution next 10 days during planned lighting outage

Exelon Energy, the owners of the Conowingo Dam, will initiate a planned service outage starting tonight and continuing for the next 10 days, which will affect overhead street lighting on U.S. Route 1 in the area.
Exelon Energy, the owners of the Conowingo Dam, will initiate a planned service outage starting tonight and continuing for the next 10 days, which will affect overhead street lighting on U.S. Route 1 in the area. (Steve Ruark)

Nighttime motorists on U.S. Route 1 over the Conowingo Dam between Harford and Cecil counties will have a noticeably darker commute the next week and a half.

Exelon Energy, the owners of the dam, will initiate a planned service outage starting tonight and continuing for the next 10 days, which will affect overhead street lighting on U.S. Route 1.

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The Maryland Department of Transportation urged drivers to be especially cautious while traveling this portion of U.S. Route 1 at night, particularly following the time change this weekend.

Portable message signing has been placed in the area advising drivers of the lighting outage.

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About 14,000 vehicles use this section of U.S. Route 1 each day, according to MDOT.

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