FROSTBURG – In what officials describe as one of the largest boring operations in recent memory, the installation of an underground generator lead-line to carry power from the Twin Ridges Wind Farm to a substation in Frostburg has been completed.
Officials say the project, which required the burying of a complex combination of conduit and cables running from the Mount Pleasant Street Playground out Maryland Avenue to Barnard Street and down the hill to Main Street, required nearly two years of planning and construction.
“It took us a year to negotiate the deal. Construction on the line then began in March of 2012 until its recent completion,” said City Administrator John Kirby.
The project was paid for by the Everpower Wind Energy Co., which oversaw the line installation from the Pennsylvania-based wind mill farm to the substation at Wright’s Crossing in Frostburg.
“It was good to have it done because it was a lot of excavation. But we got some additional improvements and paving from it,” said Kirby.
Before supplying power into the national electric grid at the substation, the line moved down Sleeman Street and crossed Green Street and state Route 936.
The city is expected to receive an easement payment once every 10 years for the buried cables.
“Everpower treated the city very well. We were tickled to have them here. They put $200,000 into the project easily. Wherever they dug they put it back better than it had been,” said Frostburg Mayor Robert Flanigan.
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