Pepco’s utility work slows Md. 108 traffic in Sandy Spring -- Gazette.Net


Pepco is doing utility work along Md. 108 in Sandy Spring, which could result in delays for area motorists.

The lane closures are a result of Pepco’s “reliability enhancement” work, being performed throughout the system.

“We are performing extensive work on the system necessary to improve reliability,” a Pepco statement says. “The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2014, barring any unforeseen circumstances.”

Pepco spokesman Bob Hainey said the project involves replacing and upgrading wires, poles and transformers, and installing additional switching equipment.

Olney resident Sharon Dooley reported experiencing multiple delays between Sherwood Elementary and Sherwood High School each day while commuting to Howard County, as only one lane of traffic gets around several construction sites.

“At first, I thought it was a water main break that would be fixed, but this goes on for several blocks with many separate excavations,” she wrote in an email.

The State Highway Administration issued the permit for Pepco to do the work, because Md. 108 (Olney-Sandy Spring Road) is a state road.

SHA spokesman David Buck said Pepco’s overhead and underground work requires trenching of the roadway, which is scheduled to be performed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.

Once the work is completed, Pepco would be required to resurface the road to meet SHA standards, Buck said. Final resurfacing could be delayed until temperatures rise.