As communities across the greater D.C. region continue to assess the aftermath of June’s derecho, one common concern is how to prevent widespread power outages from occurring again. In the District, Councilwoman Mary Cheh recently proposed requiring Pepco to bury more power lines underground. The Annandale VA blog reports that in Fairfax County, burying utilities there would come at a high cost.
“It’s ‘amazingly expensive,’ says W. Todd Minnix, chief of the Transportation Design Division in the Fairfax County Department of Transportation. It’s also very complicated, he says. Construction on a $3.5 million underground utilities project in McLean started July 9. ‘It’s been a long, drawn-out process to get this underway,’ Minnix says, noting that it’s been in the works since 1999.”
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