A report by Water Pipe Project Chairperson, Kate Bullock:
HOLIDAY WORK SCHEDULE
Crews will work a half day on Friday, December 24th. There will be no construction during the last week of December, the 27th through the 31st. Work will resume on January 3, 2011.
It is anticipated that all work on Butler Road will be completed by mid-December. However, unless there is a warming trend, final paving of Butler Road will not be done until spring or summer.
In mid-December, crews will begin to connect the new water pipe to individual properties. No access to your property will be required to complete the connection. You are not required to be at home. Crews will knock on your door prior to shutting off water for approximately 20 minutes in order to make the connection. If there are any vacant houses near you, you may want to contact owners to have them check that water is running freely to their houses after the connection is made. Work on Albright and Railroad is expected to be completed by the end of December.
CENTRAL AVENUE AND SIDE STREETS
Work in this section could begin any time between mid-December and the first of the year. Work will begin at the north end of Central (at Butler Road), moving south to Albright. Side streets will done at the same time, moving north to south. It is anticipated that work in this section will take 2 months or longer. Three months or more is a safe assumption.
During construction, there will be one lane of traffic on Central Avenue. As work is done on side streets, they will be closed to all but local traffic. On street parking will not be prohibited, however you may want to find alternative parking during construction to eliminate any chance of damage to your vehicles.
Weather conditions will slow the progress that crews can make. Several aspects of construction require the use of water. While crews will salt any areas that may be subject to ice, expect to see more ice on roads and sidewalks than normal. Snowplows will not be able to make a clean sweep over steel plates or temporary paving. Be aware that ice will collect in these areas, and pot holes will form. As most asphalt suppliers close during the winter months, crushed stone may have to be used for temporary paving.
The steel plates used during the pipe laying process make a great deal of noise and cause houses to shake rattle and roll. The steel plates used when house connections are made, are even worse. The problem should be less severe on other roads than it has been on Butler, with fewer cars and lower speeds. However, be prepared to be unhappy for a few days until temporary paving replaces steel plates.
Since construction began in July, both the County and I have received remarkably few complaints from business and residents. In fact, many have complimented the crews for their work, and for the respect that they have shown for private property. While we certainly hope that to continue to be the case, should any problems, concerns, or questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact either:
GCA Chair, Water Replacement Project
Baltimore County Field Inspector