16,000 feet of Turkey Point pipes to be replaced
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.