Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, October 25, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, October 25, 2018
Electrical work to cause delays at bridge
by Faith DeAmbrose
Emera Maine crews and contractors have begun work on the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge as part of continuing efforts to improve equipment and reliability of electrical service. The project will continue through the middle of December, according to information from Emera.
The project will enable the utility to provide more reliable service to Deer Isle through the installation of a redundant electrical line and improved equipment. Efforts to improve service also include more tree trimming along Route 15 around the bridge footprint, as well as removal of unhealthy trees with the potential to fall and cause outages, and use of more robust electrical wire.
The work is a continuation of the pole replacement and tree trimming that is happening along Route 172 in Surry and Blue Hill and will be followed by an enhanced tree-trimming cycle that will move from every six years to every five years, according to July Long, Corporate and Media Communications Specialist for Emera.
Motorists will see lane closures and one-way alternating traffic enforced on the bridge to ensure workers’ safety. Wide loads greater than 10 feet also will be restricted. Emera is asking drivers to exercise caution and be mindful of the safety of workers when traveling in the area.
Emera Maine crews and contractors will work with the Maine Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles to minimize traffic delays and facilitate transport of permitted wide loads across the bridge during the project.