16,000 feet of Turkey Point pipes to be re­placed

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­pub.com

This month, Bal­ti­more County will be­gin re­plac­ing over 16,000 feet of aging cast iron wa­ter pipes along the Turkey Point penin­sula.

The in­stal­la­tion of the more mod­ern and re­li­able duc­tile iron pipes will help sta­bi­lize the cur­rently cor­rod­ing wa­ter main sys­tem of the neigh­bor- hood that has seen a num­ber of wa­ter leaks and in­stances of flood­ing in re­cent years.

“There has been a high num­ber of wa­ter main breaks in that penin­sula, and we’re do­ing this pro­ject to elim­i­nate the num­ber of wa­ter main breaks we see in the fu­ture. These new lines will pre­vent the leaks,” said Mike Mazurek, the chief of Wa­ter De­sign at the De- part­ment of Pub­lic Works.

Say­ing that these pipe up­grades are be­ing done due to “re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues”, Mazurek ex­plained that the cast iron pipes have a life ex­pectancy of ap­prox­i­mately 50 years. In­stalled in the early 1950s, Turkey Point’s pipes are past their prime.

“It’s over­due,” he said about the pro­ject. “We’ve got to keep an eye out on this be­cause that area has had such a high fre­quency of these prob­lems, and it’s even more im­por­tant be­cause Turkey Point is dead-ended so if you have a wa­ter main break on that road, that whole area won’t have wa­ter.”

This week, in­stal­la­tion of the new pipes will be­gin with the area around Ch­e­sa­peake High School on Turkey Point Rd. The ser­viced area will ex­tend 500 feet be­yond the school, go­ing to­wards Back River Neck Rd. Mazurek said con­trac­tors will make sure the pipe re­pairs are com­pleted be­fore the 2017- 18 school year be­gins in Au­gust.

Through­out the pre­dicted 16 months of con­struc­tion, con­trac­tors will tar­get Sue­grove, Pra­mar, and Ail­ron Rds. and Rock­away Beach Ave.

The Turkey Point pro­ject is ex­pected to cost $ 5,500,000 and to be com­pleted in the fall of 2018. Stag­ing and stor­age lo­ca­tions for the con­trac­tors will be lo­cated in Rock­away Beach.

Mazurek said that while road clo­sures are in­evitable dur­ing such a big pro­ject, res­i­dents of the com­mu­ni­ties will not have any prob­lems entering or leav­ing the neigh­bor­hood.

Fol­low­ing this pro­ject, 12,000 feet of wa­ter mains in Car­ney’s Har­ford Farms de­vel­op­ment, be­tween Har­ford Road and Old Har­ford Rd., will also be re­lined in late Au­gust.

An­other up­com­ing en­gi­neer­ing pro­ject is the $ 78 mil­lion- dol­lar wa­ter reser­voir con­struc­tion pro­ject in Fuller­ton. A decades- long process, the reser­voirs will pro­vide ad­di­tional fin­ished wa­ter stor­age for ap­prox­i­mately 145,000 res­i­dents in eastern Bal­ti­more County along with fin­ished wa­ter stor­age for equal­iza­tion, fire pro­tec­tion, and emer­gency use. Ground was bro­ken on the bounded area by Ridge and Bucks School House Rds. and Perry Hall Blvd. in Fe­bru­ary of this year and the to­tal pro­ject is cur­rently 11% com­pleted.

The Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works is also cur­rently in­volved in the de­sign­ing of the new Mohrs Lane Bridge on Pu­laski High­way above the CSX Rail­road. Closed in 2007 due to struc­tural de­te­ri­o­ra­tion and de­mol­ished in 2011, the bridge will be re­design and rebuilt in late 2018. The new bridge will be part of the Camp­bell Boule­vard Cor­ri­dor.

Con­trac­tors re­pair a bro­ken pipe af­ter a wa­ter main break in Es­sex.

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