Port De­posit preps for more con­struc­tion

Cecil Whig - - & - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Be­fore shov­els break ground along Main Street, town of­fi­cials are help­ing the con­trac­tor that will ren­o­vate the storm drains make it­self at home for the next two years.

Pes­soa Con­struc­tion, from Cap­i­tal Heights, won the $4.6 mil­lion Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion con­tract to re­place all the storm drains along Port De­posit’s Main Street. Ted Sooki­asian, town fi­nance man­ager, said the likely sce­nario is the

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work will be­gin soon af­ter Rock Run Bridge re­opens. RE Pier­son Con­struc­tion ex­pects to be finished next month with the $2.8 mil­lion project to in­stall a wider bridge over Rock Run on North Main Street.

“He has a re­quire­ment to pro­vide an of­fice on site for SHA,” Sooki­asian said.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Pes­soa has been shop­ping the town for not only of­fice space, but also stag­ing ar­eas.

“He needs acreage to store equip­ment and pipes,” Sooki­asian said.

The tour showed sev­eral townowned lo­ca­tions.

“Stag­ing doesn’t re­ally mat­ter where it is, be­cause the project goes from one end of town to the other,” he noted. “We made him aware of pri­vate prop­er­ties too.”

How­ever, Sooki­asian said neigh­bors of those pri­vate tracts may not ap­pre­ci­ate heavy equip­ment and con­crete pipes parked next door for two years.

The project will im­prove drainage dur­ing heavy rain and high­wa­ter events, with an eye to­ward al­le­vi­at­ing some of Port De­posit’s flood­ing is­sues.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Route 222 — also known as Main Street through Port De­posit — will get the at­ten­tion of the Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion soon when Pes­soa Con­struc­tion be­gins stormwa­ter up­grades.

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