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BGE finishes pole inspections in 2 counties, Baltimore city

BGE Line Workers

Utility crews respond to a service problem in Towson in 2014. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. completed an inspection of more than 40,000 wooden utility poles in Baltimore city and in Baltimore and Howard counties.

As a result of the inspection for decay and insect infestation, BGE identified 39 poles for priority repair, with a goal of fixing each within 45 days of discovery.

Also, about 2,500 poles, or about 6.4 percent of those inspected, showed preliminary sings of wear from weather or age, but were deemed safe and fully functional. They are scheduled for later maintenance, said Jarrett Carter Sr., a BGE spokesman.

The review is part of a 10-year cycle of maintenance inspections of the more than 380,000 poles in BGE’s service area to ensure reliable service. Other inspection work in the cycle includes reviewing more than 4,500 circuit miles of overhead power lines and trimming nearby trees to reduce their threat during winter storms.

BGE says the number of electric outages has gone 37 percent since 2006, while the length of outages have decreased by 41 percent.

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