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Public Works Begins Severna Park Utility Work

Benfield Road Traffic Patterns Impacted

Annapolis (January 18, 2007) - Contractors working for the Department of Public Works will begin replacing approximately 9,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer force main this week. This Capital Improvement Program project has been designed to replace existing infrastructure from the Ben Oaks Sewage Pumping Station, extending along Severnside Drive, West Benfield Road and Benfield Road to Windward Drive. The existing forcemain will be taken out of service once the new lines are installed, inspected and put into service later this year.

Contractors will begin working at West Benfield and Benfield Roads this week. Work will proceed east along Benfield Road towards Windward Drive in several phases through November 2007. During each phase, approximately 1500’ of road will be subject to lane shifts and single lane traffic patterns. As the project progresses, normal traffic patterns will be restored as the next section of road is prepared for construction.

During the first phase of construction, the merge lane from West Benfield Road onto Benfield Road will be closed along with approximately 1,500 feet of eastbound Benfield Road . While a single lane of traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times, motorists should heed directions on posted traffic control signs and be aware of construction personnel and safety barricades. Motorists should anticipate delays through the Benfield Road corridor for the duration of the project and, where possible, should consider alternate routes.

Contractors will work on Benfield Road from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Work on other roadways impacted by the project will occur between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The project is expected to be completed in November of 2007.

The replacement project has been awarded to Schummer, Inc. of Mayo, Maryland. The total cost of the project is $5,161,894.00. For further information about construction, the public may contact Michael Mali, the on-site inspector with the Department of Public Works, at (443) 336-5924. The public may also contact Victor Kibec, Project Manager at (410) 222-4129.


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