SHA fa­cil­i­tates heavy haul through county

U.S. 301 to be used as route for Keys plant in Prince Ge­orge’s

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

On Aug. 1, Charles County res­i­dents may be im­pacted by yet an­other planned heavy haul.

The Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion is fa­cil­i­tat­ing a two night heavy haul on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 to move build­out ma­te­ri­als to the Keys En­ergy Cen­ter in Brandy­wine.

David Buck, a spokesman for the State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said the move will be over those two nights. Roll-Lift, the

com­pany trans­port­ing the ma­te­ri­als that pre­vi­ously wanted to move through Pine­field’s res­i­den­tial area, will trans­port the ma­te­ri­als from Aqua­land in New­burg to U.S. 301 and onto Brandy­wine Road to the en­ergy cen­ter.

The State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion is rec­om­mend­ing trav­el­ers avoid the area with trans­port sched­uled be­tween 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Aug. 1. The con­voy will in­clude nearly two dozen trucks mov­ing cargo to the con­struc­tion site.

Buck said mo­torists will not be able to pass the con­voy. If traf­fic de­lays be­come sig­nif­i­cant, the con­voy will stop at one of nine pause lo­ca­tions where po­lice will di­rect traf­fic.

The truck will move at a max­i­mum 5 mph, Buck said, over the two nights. Be­cause the move is strictly us­ing U.S. 301 and not any res­i­den­tial ar­eas to cir­cum­vent the bridges on the routes, there will need to be two jump bridges added over Mat­ta­woman Creek and Ti­mothy Creek.

“They will be build­ing a jump bridge over Mat­ta­woman Creek at the Creek at the Charles County line. Then on night two, there will be a jump bridge on U.S. 301 north over Ti­mothy Creek in Prince Ge­orge’s County,” Buck said.

Ini­tially, Roll-Lift wanted to move through Pine­field to avoid the bridges on this route. But Pine­field res­i­dents and the Pine­field Civic As­so­ci­a­tion spoke out against hav­ing the heavy haul come through their neigh­bor­hood.

Pine­field is a small com­mu­nity right on the edge of the Charles County bor­der to Prince Ge­orge’s County, which makes it a con­ve­nient place for heavy ma­te­rial travel.

But res­i­dents had con­cerns about the long-term ef­fects on the road­ways and po­ten­tial dam­age to fo­liage and prop­erty on the walk­ways of the neigh­bor­hood.

In the name of be­ing a “good neigh­bor” to Charles County res­i­dents, Rick Drew, a Rol­lLift pro­ject man­ager said, the com­pany opted to look at other op­tions rather than Pine­field. This move is a re­sult of that. Buck said the state will as­sign 14 state troop­ers each night for the move to con­trol traf­fic and as­sist with the move.

The con­voy will travel us­ing both north­bound lanes of U.S. 301 from Or­lando Park Drive in New­burg, just north of the Gov. Harry Nice Memo­rial Bridge. On Aug. 1, the con­voy will travel 35 miles on night one from Aqua­land to the Panda En­ergy Power Plant on Mat­ta­woman Drive. On Aug 2. the cargo will be trans­ported from the Panda yard to the Keys En­ergy Cen­ter site on North Keys Road.

Along with state po­lice, the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and emer­gency re­spon­ders will be present to en­sure it is safely trans­ported with min­i­mal im­pacts, Buck said.

Donna Fuqua, a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for Charles County, said there are no county roads be­ing uti­lized on the pro­ject. There is no an­tic­i­pated res­i­den­tial im­pact. Twit­ter: @SykesIndyNews

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