Port storm drain project delayed until September
— 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.
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.
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.