Port Deposit preps for more construction
— 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
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.
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.