What Black & Veatch does isn’t always visible to people and communities where we work. But today and in the future, families and businesses in Southern Maryland enjoy the highest standard of reliable electric service without having to think about it.
The region served by Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has a rapidly growing population and a high demand for electricity. In order to enhance system reliability, Black & Veatch was chosen to complete the 230,000-volt loop through the SMECO service area. The final 30-mile segment consisted of 28 miles of overhead transmission and 2 miles of underground transmission. The challenge was the 4,500-foot crossing under the Patuxent River at a depth of 160 feet at the deepest point.