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ma­te­rial travel.

Orig­i­nally, Drew said, the crew, com­ing out of Aqua­land Ma­rina in New­burg, was go­ing to use U.S. 301 be­fore us­ing the Mat­ta­woman Creek Bridge and the Ti­mothy Branch Bridge to cross into Prince Ge­orge’s County. How­ever, he said, the state had safety con­cerns with that route and the traf­fic com­ing across the bridge.

The state de­ter­mined Roll-Lift could come through Pine­field as a way to get into the county while avoid­ing the bridges, Drew said. The area is prime for the ship­ment be­cause the tele­phone wires are un­der­ground and not ob­struct­ing the path through Prince Ge­orge’s County.

“We were asked by the state to con­sider this path. We have gone through an ex­e­cu­tion fea­si­bil­ity study and we’re com­fort­able that it can be achieved,” Drew said. “We’re talk­ing from a tech­ni­cal stand­point, but not whether the neigh­bors can han­dle it.”

Bob Mur­ray, a mem­ber of the Pine­field Civic As­so­ci­a­tion, said the com­mu­nity is con­cerned be­cause no one knew about the project un­til “two or three” weeks ago and the county has not con­sulted the cit­i­zens on what they want to hap­pen.

“We don’t want this stuff com­ing through our neigh­bor­hood. We can han­dle the noise and even the lights, but the prop­erty dam­age is our big­gest con­cern,” Mur­ray said.

There is also the con­cern that some res­i­dents who have mail­boxes in the way may have to have their mail­boxes re­moved to pro­vide room for the loads. Cars and some lamp posts may also need to me re­moved, Mur­ray said.

County Com­mis­sioner Amanda Ste­wart (D), who rep­re­sents Dis­trict 3 where Pine­field is lo­cated, said she does not sup­port Roll-Lift go­ing through Pine­field and would like for them to search for an al­ter­na­tive route.

“Just as the res­i­dents, I’m con­cerned about this type of haul com­ing through a neigh­bor­hood,” Ste­wart said. “That’s the dif­fer­ence here. It goes through a neigh­bor­hood.”

Ste­wart said she found out about the plan to come through Pine­field on March 19 when she was ap­proached by Pine- field res­i­dents. Roll-Lift has not en­tered the per­mit­ting process just yet and no pa­pers have been sub­mit­ted re­quest­ing per­mis­sion to go through Pine­field.

Drew said the road, which is 20 feet and 6 inches wide, will not re­quire the re­moval of any prop­erty such as mail­boxes. Some trees may need to be pruned, he said, but there will not be sub­stan­tial dam­age and the com­pany would pro­vide pro­fes­sional tree pruners to shape the plants.

The trail­ers are 163 feet long and about 18 feet wide, Drew said, and would not ex­pand through the ca­pac­ity of the street. There will be a “dry run” con­ducted through the neigh­bor­hood prior to ship­ping the equip­ment, he said. Roll-Lift records dry runs to en­sure ac­cu­racy be­fore any path is taken, he said.

Cit­i­zens will be pro­vided ad­vanced no­tice, Drew said, in the com­ing weeks be­fore the op­er­a­tion starts. Roll-Lift will look into hir­ing Boy and Girl Scout troops to go through the com­mu­nity to sup­ple­ment their on-the-ground can­vas­ing ef­forts, he said. There will also be a safe space for cars to park in the com­mu­nity away from the path.

The county roads in Pine­field are built for sim­ple com­mu­nity traf­fic, not big, heavy loads of equip­ment, Joseph Sob­nosky, pres­i­dent of the Pine­field Civic As­so­ci­a­tion, said. A “few months or a year” from now, he said, the road could have in­fra­struc­ture prob­lems as a re­sult from the work and noth­ing may be done about it.

The county has a cap­i­tal im­prove­ments sched­ule that Pine­field would likely be at the bot­tom of, Sob­nosky said. The tra­di­tional re­sponse for re­quests to the county Sob­nosky is used to, he said, is that the county “doesn’t have the money for it.”

“We’re go­ing to be stuck with what­ever hap­pens here,” Sob­nosky said.

The ship­ment will ar­rive at Aqua­land Ma­rina, come up U.S. 301 and make a right on Mat­ta­woman-Bean­town Road and then make a left onto Pine­field Road into the neigh­bor­hood.

From Pine­field Road they will make a left on Pinewood Drive and will go to St. Peter’s Church Road and out of the neigh­bor­hood un­til they get to Prince Ge­orge’s County.

“That’s right through the mid­dle of our neigh­bor­hood,” Sob­nosky said. “That dis­turbs me.”

Andy Phillips, a State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion in­spec­tor, said it is im­pos­si­ble for the heavy loads to go over bridges that may not sus­tain their weight. There are not many op­tions for the state to con­sider, he said.

Phillips said if the load were to come out U.S. 301 or Route 5, the bridges would have to be lay­ered each time a load comes down the route. Ste­wart said she un­der­stands the process may be lengthy us­ing that route but she hopes “that al­ter­na­tive or an­other al­ter­na­tive” would be used rather than Pine­field.

Any so­lu­tion go­ing through a neigh­bor­hood or pre­vent­ing work­ing cit­i­zens from go­ing to work and get­ting where they need to be is not some­thing she will sup­port, Ste­wart said.

“We need to make sure we keep our res­i­dents in mind and keep their safety in mind along with our roads,” Ste­wart said.

Ul­ti­mately, Drew said, Roll-Lift has a job to do, but they do not want to do any dam­age in the com­mu­nity or to the peo­ple who live in it. The com­mu­nity’s con­cerns are war­ranted and they have valid ques­tions, he said.

“We’re here to be a good neigh­bor,” Drew said.

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