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Annapolis, Maryland (August 14, 2014) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Highways (BOH) has completed preliminary assessments of the road segments and underground utilities overwhelmed by Tuesday’s extraordinary rainfall.  Work to restore and repair washed out road segments, culvert pipes and underground utillity lines has begun and is estimated to cost at least $3 million.   
Flooding and excess rainfall also caused sanitary sewer overflows at the Cox Creek Water Reclamation Facility and Cinder Cover Sewer Pumping Station.
“The intensity of this storm was a knockout blow to parts of our systems,” said DPW Director Christopher Phipps.  “The amount of rainfall on Tuesday equated to at least a 200 year storm event in parts of the County.  Because of the complex and extensive nature of this work, some road segments may be closed for two to three weeks.”
One washed out section of Marley Neck Road near Marcy Drive will be closed for an extended period of time.  The rainfall and flooding damage exposed numerous underground utilities that will need to be restored including a 12-inch water main, an 8-inch gravity sewer main, a 32-inch sewer force main and several other gas and electric utiliites.  
Most active road closures are due to flooding and will be reopened to traffic as soon as possible.
Closed Road Segments-Severely Damaged
Culvert Pipe/Paved Surface Damage
W. Nursery Rd-1300 block
Marley Neck Rd-300 block
Marley Neck Rd-near Howard Rd.
Marley Neck Rd.-near Marcy Drive
New Cut Rd.-500 block
Boulevard Pl.-First block
Lake Front Dr.-First block
Brookwood Rd.-8200 block
Scheduled Repairs-Roads to Remain Open
Roadway Location
Solley Road-8000 block
River Road-1200 block
Beaver Road-7600 block
Rock Hill Road-1200 block
St. Ives Drive-200 block
Furnace Ave-near Patapsco State Pk.
Light Street Ave-near W. Chestnut
Sanitary Sewer Overflows
Cox Creek Water Reclamation Facility 57,600 gallons
Cinder Cove Sewer Pumping Station 43,000 gallons
*Both overflows were due to the excessive amount of rainfall.  The Department of Health has closed both Cox Creek and Furnace Creek and has posted signs warning against swimming and other direct water contact with these two waterways until August 20, 2014.  
*Anyone coming in contact with the affected water is advised to wash well with soap and warm water immediately.  Clothing should also be washed.



Culvert Work Closes Brock Bridge Road at Prince George’s County Line


Annapolis, Maryland (July 10, 2014) – Culvert replacement work beginning tomorrow will close a flood-prone section of Brock Bridge Road for approximately three weeks from the Prince George’s County line to Maryland City Park. 


The Department of Public Works Bureau of Highways expects to reopen Brock Bridge Road on August 1, 2014.  Electronic message boards were also posted along the road in both directions to alert motorists.  


Holiday Schedule – Independence Day

·         July 4th – No Curbside CollectionWMS Facilities Closed

·         July 5th –  Curbside Collection provided to Friday Customers & WMS Facilities Open  


Annapolis (July 2, 2014) - The Department of Public Works, Waste Management Services, will observe the following curbside collection schedule and facility operating schedule at the Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility and the Northern, Central and Southern Recycling Centers in observance of Independence Day. 




Service Schedule

Friday, July 4

NO curbside collection. 

All Waste Management Services facilities are CLOSED.

Important Information

Collections normally scheduled for Friday will occur on Saturday, July 5. 


All County facilities will reopen on Saturday, July 5.


Emergency Work Completed Ahead of Schedule


Annapolis, Maryland (June 27, 2014) – Sands Road in Harwood was re-opened today following the completion of emergency culvert repair work by the Department of Public Works.  The road was closed on May 23, 2014 after a collapsed culvert created a five foot wide and 15 foot deep hole. 


The Bureau of Highways managed the emergency culvert repair project.  Due to the extensive and complex scope of repair work, completion of the culvert repairs were expected to keep Sands Road closed until next month.     


Emergency repairs included:

  • Open excavation of roadway, 30' x 80' x 15'
  • Remove existing 72" pipe and fill material
  • Pour concrete footings to form headwall
  • Install four sections of pipe 
  • Bed pipe with gravel
  • Establish road base.
  • Apply base course asphalt
  • Apply top course asphalt
  • Upstream stabilization and roadway drainage tie-in
  • Downstream stabilization, step pool construction and stream tie-in 

Action Needed to Complete Emergency Work to Repair Failing Slope

Annapolis, Maryland (June 18, 2014) - The Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin emergency road repair work tomorrow that will require the closure of a portion of Race Road in Hanover for an extended period of time.  The closure, from Park Circle Drive to Hanover Road, will begin at 10 a.m. and is necessary to stabilize a failing slope supporting the roadway that has been damaged by the direct stream impact of Deep Run and recent heavy storms.

Road closure signs and barriers will be placed at both ends of the closure.  Traffic will be diverted around this portion of Race Road using Hanover Road, Hi Tech Road and Coca-Cola Drive (detour map below).  Local vehicle access will be permitted.

Engineering work to design the project and obtain emergency concurrence from the Maryland Department of Environment and Department of Natural Resources has begun.  DPW officials estimate the duration of the road closure to be eight to 12 weeks.  

Race Road Detour Map (click for PDF version)

Annapolis (June 17, 2014) – The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recently recognized the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Utility Operations (BUO) for continued wastewater treatment excellence.  The Broadneck and Broadwater Water Reclamation Facilities (WRF) earned NACWA Platinum Peak Performance Awards for five consecutive years of perfect National Pollutant Distribution Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance.
The honor marks the 13th consecutive Platinum Peak Performance Award for the Broadwater WRF and reflects 17 straight years without an NPDES permit violation.  The Broadneck WRF has not had a NPDES permit violation for six consecutive years and also received a Platinum Award in 2013.
“The record of pollutant discharge permit compliance for the County’s Water Reclamation Facilities is remarkable and is a direct reflection of the talented and dedicated men and women in the Bureaus of Utility Operations and Engineering,” said DPW Director Chris Phipps.  “We are proud of these awards and are fortunate that these wastewater treatment operators, managers, and engineers work in our County every day to protect the environment and public safety.”
The 2014 NACWA’s Peak Performance Awards Program recognizes water reclamation facilities for excellence in wastewater treatment as measured by their compliance with their NPDES permit requirements in the 2013 calendar year.  Platinum Awards recognize 100% compliance with NPDES permits over a consecutive five year period.  Gold Awards honor facilities that have achieved 100 percent compliance with their NPDES permit for an entire calendar year. Silver Awards recognize facilities that have received no more than five NPDES permit violations per calendar year.
Gold and Silver Peak Performance Awards will be announced in July.

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) Mill Creek Sewer Pump Station Overflow presentation to the Mill Creek and Dividing Creek communities is now posted on the DPW website.  DPW Director Chris Phipps presented details about the May 27, 2014 sanitary sewer overflow at the Pumping Station and information about the current $9.6 million capital project that will increase the facility's operations and reliability.  


Mill Creek SPS Overflow Presentation



Mill Creek Pump Station Overflow Update


Annapolis, Maryland (May 28, 2014) – The Department of Public Works Bureau of Utility Operations estimates the amount of wastewater lost during the sanitary sewer overflow at the Mill Creek Pump Station in Arnold to be 312,000 gallons.  The spill occurred at 10:30 p.m. last night and was the result of a two hour power outage that began during a heavy storm event.


As a result of the overflow, the Department of Health has ordered an emergency closing and warns against direct water contact for Mill Creek and Dividing Creek.  The official announcement can be viewed by visiting the Department of Health Community Health and Recreational Water Quality Alert.


The Bureau of Utility Operations continues work to evaluate all redundant power sources at the facility including the primary and secondary BGE electrical power sources, and the on-site generator.  The generator was tested yesterday morning at 11 a.m. and found to be in proper working order during a scheduled maintenance inspection.  A portable generator that was transported to the Mill Creek Pump Station and used during the outage will remain at the facility. 


A current capital project to improve the facility’s operations and reliability is ongoing. The $9.6 million project will upgrade the pump station's mechanical and electrical infrastructure, increase the wastewater storage volume, add an independent self-powered by-pass pump and install a new generator.  Construction is expected to be complete in December 2014.  


Department of Health Orders Emergency Closing of Mill Creek and Dividing Creek


Annapolis, Maryland (May 28, 2014) – A power failure at the Mill Creek Pump Station in Arnold last night caused a large sanitary sewer overflow.  The amount of wastewater that entered Mill Creek has not been determined but is expected to exceed 10,000 gallons.  


Due to the overflow, the Department of Health has ordered an emergency closing and warns against direct water contact for Mill Creek and Dividing Creek until further notice.  Closure signs are being placed in the affected area.  People coming in contact with the affected water should wash well with soap and warm, clean water immediately. Clothing should also be washed.  To receive notification of waterway closures or reopenings, subscribe to the Recreational Water Quality E-mail Alerts from the Department of Health.  Alerts can also be received via text messages on cell phones and PDAs by following the Department of Health on Twitter.


The primary and secondary electrical power outage at the Pump Station occurred at 10:26 p.m. during last night's heavy storm and lasted approximately two hours.  The Department of Public Works Bureau of Utility Operations will evaluate all redundant power sources today including the on-site generator.  The generator was tested at 11 a.m. yesterday as part of a scheduled inspection of the Pump Station and was determined to be in good working condition.  A portable generator, transported to the Mill Creek Pump Station during the outage, will remain at the facility.


A current capital project will increase the Station’s reliability with mechanical and electrical upgrades.  The $9.6 million project includes increased wastewater storage volume, an independent self-powered by-pass pump and a new generator.


DPW officials will provide additional updates when the amount of wastewater is determined.

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