News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in Castine Patriot, October 4, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, October 4, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, October 4, 2018
Emera urges caution as utility poles are replaced
Work to continue into December

by Faith DeAmbrose

Emera Maine has begun to replace its aging utility poles along Route 172. Work from the intersection with Toddy Pond Road in Surry as far as the Route 15 (Pleasant Street) intersection in Blue Hill is expected to last “through the beginning of December,” according to Emera Maine, and will take place between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The replacement poles, which vary by location from 55 to 65 feet, are 10 to 15 feet taller than the existing poles and meet newer construction standards, said Judy Long, Corporate and Communications Strategist for Emera. The polls are also able to better accommodate the attachments needed for broadband service and increase the amount of available work space, she added.

The poles will also be spaced further apart, which “provides safer work distances for our line workers when working in and around energized lines,” she said.

As part of the project, tree trimming will occur in places along the roadway, further adding potential delays for drivers. “Motorists also may want to consider using alternative routes where possible,” said Long, urging travelers to “watch for signs indicating road work and take steps to keep themselves, workers and other motorists safe.”

Long also suggests:

Avoid distractions while driving.
Move over far enough to give crews room to work.
Slow down to pass workers at a safe speed.