New power lines are set for Crooked Road

BAR HARBOR — New, 34,000-volt power lines will be run down the length of the Crooked Road as part of Emera Maine’s (formerly Bangor Hydro) MDI Reliability Project.

The project is slated to get under way this summer or fall and to take 12 to 18 months to complete.

The new lines will run from the Burns Corner power substation at the corner of Knox and Gilbert Farm roads in Town Hill to the planned new substation on Woodbury Road. Trees were recently cleared for that project.

The lines are meant to provide a redundant circuit to downtown Bar Harbor, Emera Maine engineer Nathan Cota told town councilors Tuesday.

The work on Route 3 from Crooked Road to downtown will be coordinated with the Maine Department of Transportation’s planned rebuild of the road beginning in 2015.

Emera’s new substation between Woodbury and Eagle Lake roads has received all necessary permits from the town and the property has been cleared. Construction is expected this year.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]