Heavy haul will not pass through Pine­field

Roll-Lift looks to other av­enues to trans­port equip­ment for Brandy­wine plant con­struc­tion

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By MICHAEL SYKES II msykes@somd­news.com

De­spite the ini­tial con­cerns that no one from the county govern­ment would hear their plea, the voices of the Pine­field Civic As­so­ci­a­tion and the citizens they rep­re­sent have been heard.

Charles County Com­mis­sioner Amanda Ste­wart (D) an­nounced via a Face­book Post on April 7 that Roll Lift Inc. would “not be per­mit­ted” to pass through Pine­field with a heavy load weigh­ing more than 1 mil­lion pounds.

“I am pleased to an­nounce that staff has con­tacted the com­pany and the large haul will not be per­mit­ted to pass through our neigh­bor­hood,” Ste­wart said via Face­book.

Roll-Lift, a heavy load car­ry­ing com­pany based in Hous­ton, com­pleted a fea­si­bil­ity study in Pine­field to de­ter­mine if the route would be com­pat­i­ble with its load of equip­ment go­ing into Prince Ge­orge’s County for the con­struc­tion of the Keyes Power Plant in Brandy­wine.

U.S. 301 was the orig­i­nal path the com­pany was go­ing to take, Rick Drew, a project man­ager for Roll-Lift, said, but he said the com­pany was told by the state that tak­ing U.S. 301 would lead

to traf­fic and safety is­sues, plus the Mat­ta­woman and Ti­mothy Branch bridges would both need to be sup­ple­mented each time the load crossed over.

The load, which is 20 feet long, would have been brought up from the Aqua­land Ma­rina through U.S. 301 up to Mat­ta­woman-Bean­town Road. Af­ter mak­ing a right on Mat­ta­woman-Bean­town Road, the trucks would turn left on Pine­field Road un­til they made a left on Pinewood Drive. From there, the load would have went to St. Peter’s Church Road un­til it reached Prince Ge­orge’s County.

Though the route may have worked, Drew said, Roll-Lift is not in the county to be a bad neigh­bor. They were work­ing through a state man­date and were look­ing for al­ter­na­tive routes to get to their des­ti­na­tion.

Drew said dur­ing his last con­ver­sa­tions with Charles County, he was told by county of­fi­cials that they would not be per­mit­ted to drive through Pine­field. Ul­ti­mately, Drew said, the com­pany has to re­spect their wishes.

“As far as mak­ing any other ef­forts to go through the neigh­bor­hood, we will honor the neigh­bor­hood’s re­quest,” Drew said.

Now, Drew said, the com­pany is per­form­ing fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies along other routes and try­ing to find other ways to get into Prince Ge­orge’s County. He said Roll-Lift will have to meet with the state and the county to find al­ter­nate routes suitable for its load that will not dam­age sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Joe Sob­nosky, the pres­i­dent of the Pine­field Civic As­so­ci­a­tion, said he is happy to hear that the county will not al­low Roll-Lift to come through Pine­field. Sob­nosky said he and other com­mu­nity mem­bers had con­cerns that the load’s weight could lead to in­fras­truc­ture prob­lems in years to come long af­ter the load passes through.

De­spite the as­sur­ance of the load not com­ing through the com­mu­nity, Sob­nosky said he still has con­cerns some­thing like this can hap­pen again — not only in Pine­field, but in other ar­eas around the county

“Just talk­ing to other peo­ple, it seems like the county didn’t know any­thing about it. It seems that there’s a pos­si­bil­ity, with the way the sys­tem works, is that you don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to let the peo­ple know,” Sob­nosky said.

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