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May 5, 2014

Lashley Construction lands contract for third phase of Rawlings project

State offers more details on upgrade at Rocky Gap

RAWLINGS — A project that will bring clean water to Rawlings residents is moving forward, as Allegany County commissioners awarded a $3 million contract for work on the third phase of the project.

The contract was awarded to low bidder Lashley Construction Co. of Frostburg. The bid tabulations must be accepted by various state and federal agencies before the contract is finalized, officials said. The complete project will cost a total of $5.2 million and portions of the project have been completed or moving toward completion. Completion of the project is scheduled for December. A large portion of that money has been in the form of grants, county officials have said. A new sewer system is planned once funding is obtained.

The phase three work will extend a water line along U.S. Route 220 and install a water tank.

The annual costs per customer are expected to be in the range of $650 to $700, according to a fact sheet issued by the county. Rawlings needs complete replacement of its water and sewer system.

Once the work is completed, the county plans to take over the privately owned Rawlings water system, which will serve about 285 customers after the upgrade.

A survey of homeowners in the area supports an eventual county takeover, officials have said.

Commissioners made the decision at a recent business meeting.

In other news on water projects, the state has offered more details on the Rocky Gap water project. An upgrade to the aging water treatment system at Rocky Gap State Park will help accommodate growth at the casino and resort there.

A $1.5 million contract award for the work was on the agenda for the Maryland Board of Public Works meeting last week.

The contract for the work was awarded to Carl Belt Inc.

“The current project approved by the BPW is for the first phase of the upgrade of the Rocky Gap wastewater treatment plant,” said Chris Garrigan of Maryland Environmental Service. Maryland Environmental Service is an independent state agency that runs the Rocky Gap water plant.

The work will consist of the construction of a 10,000-gallon flow equalization tank, new headworks with mechanical barscreen and grinder, 2,300 linear feet of of 8-inch water main cement-lined pipe and 2,300 linear feet of power, cable and telephone conduits, said Garrigan.

“The design of phase 1 of the WWTP (wastewater treatment plant) upgrades is complete.  Design of phase 2 of the WWTP upgrades is underway.  Construction of phase 1 of the WWTP upgrade is anticipated to take place from June 2014 to Jan 2015. Funding has been approved for the design and construction of the second phase of the upgrade to the WWTP. Funding has also been approved for the design and construction of a new membrane filtration WTP and design is underway, Garrigan said.

Approximately  2,300 linear feet of water main will be installed along side Lakeview Road, starting across from the new plant and running toward the casino, Garrigan said.

Previous work has helped meet water quality standards.

“The original water treatment plant process was not capable of consistently meeting EPA’s Disinfection By Products rule without the addition of carbon filters to the treatment system. Installation of rental carbon filters in June 2006 allowed for finished water to meet the regulations,” Garrigan said.

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