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Potomac Edison crews have replaced or repaired about 1,000 wooden utility poles so far this year as part of the company's annual inspection program in an attempt to enhance service reliability, the company announced Aug. 25.

Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy which serves about 132,000 customers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and 250,000 customers in seven Maryland counties, expects to spend approximately $2.1 million in 2014 inspecting more than 23,000 of its nearly 400,000 wood poles for signs of wear, insect infestation or damage from car accidents.

Year-to-date, Potomac Edison has inspected about 21,500 wooden poles around the Falling Waters and Martinsburg communities in West Virginia, and the Cumberland, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Oakland and Williamsport communities in Maryland.

All wood poles throughout Potomac Edison's service territory in Maryland and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia are inspected on 10-year and 12-year cycles, respectively.

 

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