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UPDATED: Pepco Repair Work Has Luxmanor Street Jammed Up

by Aaron Kraut — January 16, 2014 at 11:00 am 265 2 Comments

Pepco contractors line up on Luxmanor Road in North Bethesda on Thursday morning A stretch of Luxmanor Road was closed on Thursday because of Pepco utility work

UPDATE 3:50 p.m. Generators and heavy machinery have kept some folks awake at night in the Luxmanor neighborhood, as Pepco contractors work to fix an underground cable.

The work was a big topic on the neighborhood listserv on Wednesday and crews had part of Luxmanor Road closed on Thursday morning.

According to Pepco, the work is to fix a 1,500-foot stretch of underground cable between Luxmanor Road and Old Georgetown Road that needs to be replaced.

The company must dig up two 12 x 20-foot pits, one on Luxmanor Road and one near the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Tilden Lane. Both pits have been dug to a depth of about eight feet. Contractors placed a temporary structure over the holes for safety and those structures are being replaced by steel plates.

Once the replacement cable is delivered, the existing one will be removed, according to Pepco.

The overnight work on Luxmanor Road is finished and the overnight work on Old Georgetown Road will continue for at least one more night. Pepco said it expects more overnight work in the future for the project, before which it plans to meet with residents.

“We understand the frustration this inconvenience may have caused our customers,” a Pepco statement read. “This is a complex project and will take several weeks to complete, including resurfacing and repaving the roads. Our current timeline shows completion of the work during the first week of March, though that is subject to change.”

More from the listserv:

The PR by Pepco on this has been sadly lacking. The fact that we were not informed of all this beforehand and the fact that I have had to do all this legwork to find anything out is unprofessional of them to say the least.

They realize that yards are being torn up as well as the street. These things are suppose to get fixed in the end and they will probably replace the road—so more workers.

Pepco said it does not expect any service interruption because of the work.

  • Maurice Margulies

    I have not seen any reason given for the emergency repairs. I would like to hear that.

    • no pepco fan

      I think the reason for the repairs is given right in this story…

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