By Jon Meoli, firstname.lastname@example.org
2:05 PM EDT, April 12, 2013
Baltimore County will spend approximately $3 million to replace 2,700 feet of water pipe on York Road just north of downtown Towson, the latest in a series of improvements along the area's main commercial artery.
"This is a basic refurbishing improvement for the new system," David Fidler, a spokesman for the county Department of Public Works, said. "This section between the Beltway and Washington Avenue has been problematic, but there have been problems up and down the (water) line."
The project, which Fidler said will begin Monday, April 15, is being completed in a manner that is "designed to impact the community as minimally as possible," Fidler said.
To that end, the work will be conducted from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.
Fidler said that York Road could be a bit messy outside construction hours given the scope of the project, but steel plates will be utilized to ensure York Road is passable during daytime commutes.
"(The contractors) are going to try to stagger the work so you don't have to drive down 100 feet of steel plates," Fidler said.
The work, which will occur in the curbside lane of southbound York Road, will not cause the road to be fully closed at any point, Fidler said.
Fidler said the contractors are making "a concerted effort" to get the work done before early fall, which is when asphalt plants stop making hot asphalt, "so they can get the new lines in, get the fill to settle in and then have it resurfaced properly."
According to Fidler, several other phases of the York Road corridor improvement project have been completed in the last decade.
Beginning in 2006, the county began working on three sections of York Road between West Road in Towson and Ashland Road in Cockeysville. The series of projects will continue until 2015, Fidler said.
In April 2011, more than a mile of water pipe was installed between Ridgely Road and Padonia Road in Timonium, a $5 million project that replaced the existing smaller pipe with 24-inch pipe.
Additionally, new pipes have been installed on a small portion of York Road south of West Road, and another phase of work is scheduled north of Cockeysville Road beginning in 2014.
Paul Hartman, president of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations, said that given the history of water pipe issues in the Towson area, the possibility of improvements makes the traffic disturbances worth enduring.
"We just have to put up with the temporary inconvenience of the construction work as it goes on," Hartman said.