Residents of St. Michaels and area visitors have found their path to walk or bike on the St. Michaels walking trail blocked by caution tape over the past few weeks as workers from Delmarva Power have been busy upgrading power lines as part of their multi-year Reliability Project.
Beyond removing trees and cutting shrubs, that project leapt to new heights – literally – this week with the installation of an industrial size power tower next to St. Michaels’ iconic covered bridge. Apparently, Delmarva need not concern itself with historic preservation or local town appearances. Moreover, joggers and bikers will now need to detour around the enormous pole and its foundation which were relocated to new spot in the center of the walking trail.
One would think that along the Chesapeake one might aim for fewer, less obtrusive power poles, not one that’s related to an industrial smokestack. It’s unclear who approved such monstrosities, especially when this appears to be the only one of its kind for miles around.
John J. O’Connor