Politics, Traffic

$3M Joppa Road water line project accounced

Baltimore CountyUPDATE: The project will run from August 2017 through the end of 2018.

Original story below…


This month, the Department of Public Works will be initiating a $3 million project to replace the water line along Joppa Road between Walther Boulevard and Belair Road.

The current water line extends for 7,000 feet, and it has experienced numerous problems with age.  This pipe will be replaced with a new, 12-inch diameter line.

The water main will be placed down the center of the road, limiting disturbance to traffic going in both directions.   The county has prepared plans for this project that direct the contractor to set up traffic control in a safe manner that provides for ingress and egress in all directions.

Resurfacing will restore the disturbed area to preexisting, if not better, conditions.

The project is expected to last nearly a year.

“I have raised concerns about the length and complexity of this project,” said Baltimore County Councilman David Marks.  “I have been told that work will largely be done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to limit disruptions.”

“I know this is will be a headache for many commuters,” Councilman Marks added.   “I drive this route nearly every day.  But there is no easy way to build these public works projects, and I hope that the disturbances will be limited to non-peak travel hours.”

For more information, contact the Department of Public Works at enginrng@baltimorecountymd.gov.​

There were no community meetings before this project was announced by the County Executive’s office through the county newsletter, according to Councilman Marks.

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