An advertisement for undergrounding utility wires
Pepco argues that the cost of undergrounding is about $22 million/mile, or at least they did back then, which is about 15 times higher than national averages. (They were resistant to putting electric outlets in the streetlight poles on Barracks Row and they are still angry about how many years ago Adams Morgan Main Street had installed lighted sculpture-banners.)
(I've written about the Brookland situation before. Basically the involved citizens were mostly focused on being a**holes to the city planners and consultants during the streetscape redesign planning process and not on developing a unified position arm-and-arm with the city and the planners vis-a-vis Pepco and their intransigence. Then after the streetscape was constructed, some residents sued the city. Talk about not knowing how to organize and make your case...)
So the fact that now there is a city task force on the issue, that elected officials care about seems pretty old news to me. See "Storm result: D.C., Pepco to study underground utilities" from the Washington Times and the DC Mayoral press release "Mayor Vincent C. Gray Hosts First Meeting of Power Line Undergrounding Task Force."
But the photo (Kansas Avenue at Gallatin? Street NW, northwest corner) shows another reason to underground utility wires when possible. Trees sure get butchered in the process of maintaining above-ground wires.
Labels: utility infrastructure