Port storm drain project de­layed un­til Septem­ber

Cecil Whig - - & - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— The lat­est eval­u­a­tion of a planned drainage im­prove­ment project has re­sulted in the start time be­ing pushed back three months, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The storm drain project now has a start date of Sept. 5, said Char­lie Gis­chlar, SHA spokesman, on Thurs­day. The de­lay comes from the dis­cov­ery that an­other drain is needed to al­le­vi­ate flood­ing along Route 222 on the north end of town.

“The de­lay is be­cause we added some­thing to the project,” Gis­chlar said. “We added an­other storm drain, and be­cause we added that we needed a new right of way.”

Gis­chlar said a study of the pat­terns of re­cent rain­fall and snowmelt led to the ad­di­tional drain along Route 222 at the Susque­hanna River.

“When­ever it rains it takes for­ever for that road to drain,” he said.

PORT DE­POSIT

Mary­land Route 222 be­comes Main Street in Port De­posit. To the north of that road is the first stretch to go un­der wa­ter when pre­cip­i­ta­tion dumped into the Susque­hanna Val­ley in New York and Penn­syl­va­nia runs through the Conowingo Dam.

This project will im­prove storm drainage on the north end of Main Street. Orig­i­nally sched­uled to start in June, Gis­chlar said work con­tin­ues on get­ting per­mis­sion from the owner of the prop­erty where the drain is to be in­stalled.

An SHA en­gi­neer has ap­peared al­most ev­ery month at a Port De­posit town meet­ing to give the mayor and town coun­cil an up­date on the project. Bids go out April 26 and will be opened June 30, Gis­chlar said, adding it had to be re­bid be­cause of that ad­di­tion.

That also means there is no es­ti­mate yet on the cost of the project, he said.

De­spite the de­lay, the SHA still ex­pects the project to be com­pleted by mid-fall 2017.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Stand­ing wa­ter on North Main Street in Port De­posit af­ter a heavy rain should be abated by a Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion project to up­grade storm drains. The project, which was sup­posed to be­gin in June, has been pushed back to Septem­ber.

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