Cumberland Times-News

December 4, 2012

Thayerville water project progressing

Elaine Blaisdell
Cumberland Times-News

— OAKLAND — Work on water storage tanks for the $8.22 million Thayerville water system is 99 percent complete, according to Linda Lindsey, director of the Garrett County department of public utilities.

The distribution system is 50 percent complete and Frank Arnold Contractors has completed 45 percent of the water treatment plant/booster station, Lindsey reported during the county commission meeting Tuesday.

The project is separated into three construction contracts — the distribution system (contract 1), the water storage tanks (contract 2) and the water treatment plant/booster station (contract 2A).

Dutchland Inc. has constructed two concrete water tanks, a 1,013,150-gallon tank and a 156,000-gallon tank, according to Lindsey.

“They are both basically complete. The contractor just needs to install the air breaks on both tank overflows,” said Lindsey. “We will do a final inspection and that portion of the project will be complete.”

Piping for the distribution system has been installed in the Quarry, Fox Den, Leo Friend roads and the Overlook development areas, according to Lindsey.

“The contractor (Excavating Associates) is currently completing the main line and service laterals in the Mountain Side development,” said Lindsey. “They are planning on continuing to work as long as weather permits. The contractor anticipates working on the Glendale Road and U.S. Route 219 south segments after the winter shutdown. Basically, those areas require the availability of paving and we can’t work within the state roadway when there is any chance of a snow emergency.”

The distribution system project will likely be started back up in early April, according to Lindsey.

Dutchland has set a chlorine contact tank in the water treatment plant and the pipe work has been started.

“They are hoping to get block foundation up this week while the weather permits,” said Lindsey.

In 2009, the county commissioners approved the Thayerville water project and in 2010 entered into an agreement with RK&K Engineering for the work. The project was pending on 33 easements that were required from private property owners.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.