Construction underway on Hampstead drainage project

The Maryland State Highway Administration has started construction on a $325,000 drainage and outfall enhancement project in Hampstead, according to an SHA news release.

The project will relocate a drainage outfall pipe running under 1222 N. Main Street that partially collapsed under the building. The new pipe will run under the alley beside Shipley's Fine Jewelry, according to release.

Weather permitting, the project will be complete this summer.

The project is being completed in advance of a $20 million streetscape project scheduled to begin in 2016. The advance pipe relocation will address drainage concerns in more immediate need of repair, according to the release.

The alley besides Shipley's, which connects Main and West streets, will be closed for the duration of the construction. In addition, during portions of the project, parking will be prohibited on the west side of Main Street in the project area.

Sections of the sidewalk will also need to be closed temporarily, but access to business entrances will be maintained and the project team will make every effort to minimize impacts to the community, SHA officials said.

Hampstead based contractor CJ Miller, Inc. will handle the project.

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