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Excessive Rain Caused Water Main Delay

The end date of the project affecting Lutherville-Timonium commuters was pushed backed from July to November.

Contractors working on replacing a 9,500-foot old water line under York Road have lost 60 working days due to rain, according to county officials. 

Burgermeister Bell, the County’s contractor for this project, has , as a result. 

"Every time the surface is even a little damp, the state won't let them work," Mike Mazurek, chief of water design in Baltimore County, said. 

Contractors have been working on the line . 

Phase 2 of the project, currently under construction, directly affects Lutherville-Timonium commuters. The segment of road affected by the water pipe replacement extends from Ridgely up to Padonia, although Mazurek said crews are up to 75 percent complete, placing them at about the Maryland State Fairgrounds property. 

The county green lit the project in response to a series of water main breaks from Towson to Cockeysville, due to a pipe that dates back to 1937. 

"Back when it was a small country road ... not a major ternary," Mazurek said. 

Phase 3 of the project will extend from Padonia Road up to Cockeysville Road. Phase 4 will pick up in Towson from Washington Avenue to West Road. Phase 5 will push construction back north into Hunt Valley between Cockeysville and Shawan roads. 

Mazurek said Burgermeister Bell was considering bringing in an extra crew to speed up the process. 

After the pipe is fully installed the county will move in and begin to resurface York Road, which may take until next spring. 

M. Sullivan July 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
What excessive rain ? We are about 8 inches below our normal rainfall! The state is in a drought! What, does the state stop work when there is dew on the ground, or if someone spills their drink on the ground. This sounds like a big load of BS as an excuse for inefficient project management and poor planning. If they lost 60 working days, why are they moving completion 120 days? I guess they are planning to lose more time.
Laurie July 18, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Were you not around the first week of July when we had an inch of rain, or last month when we had the storm that put so many in the dark for a week, or the first week of June when we had 6 inches of rain, not to mention almost an inch of rain every week in June?
Harry Callahan July 18, 2012 at 04:45 PM
They will now use the strom that is predicted for tonight to further delay the project.
M. Sullivan July 18, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Laurie, those were a few storms among many dry days. The big power outage storm only rained for one night. According to the NWS, June , 2012 was the 6th consecutive month with below normal rainfall and half of that occurred on the 1st. There was less than 3 inches the whole month so, I don't know where you had 6 inches in the first week.
Laurie July 18, 2012 at 07:41 PM
But as the article states, "Every time the surface is even a little damp, the state won't let them work," Mike Mazurek, chief of water design in Baltimore County, said. So the below normal rainfall that we did have, spread out over different days, was enough to delay the work. And the rainfall totals for NWS are not measured in Timonium-Lutherville, rather BWI or downtown.
M. Sullivan July 19, 2012 at 02:46 PM
60 days ??? I doubt it. Even if this were true, did the planning for this project assume there would be no rain at all for the entire span of the job? How does a 60 day rain delay convert to a 120 day project delay?

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