Progress for Cape Horn Road bridge project, Willow Pond Stormwater Management Facility

The Department of Public Works requested a budget transfer of almost $200,000 Thursday to fix the Cape Horn Road bridge in Hampstead.

Public Works staff explained to the Board of County Commissioners that they had originally set aside about $500,000 for the project — which was initiated in 2016 — but the construction bids came out to be slightly higher than expected.


Also, because the bridge is shorter than 20 feet, the Cape Horn Road bridge is considered a minor structure and therefore ineligible for federal assistance.

Now Finksburg-based Kibler Construction Co. has been tasked with removing the existing steel beam bridge structure on Cape Horn Road at Harvey Gummel Road and replacing it with a cast-in-place single cell concrete box culvert for $604,971.50.

Commissioners also accepted $1.9 million from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund Cost-Effective Non-Point Source Pollution Reduction Grant for use at the Willow Pond Stormwater Management Facility.

The funds will “be used to retrofit the existing pond and to reconnect the 1,700-linear-foot stream channel with the existing floodplain,” said Kelly Martin, the Bureau of Resource Management’s Kelly Martin, Watershed Grants Technician.

“This project addresses nutrient reduction and impervious area treatment requirements associated with the County’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit,” she said.

The NPDES permit is one that regulates point sources that discharge pollutants into waters in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act.

Commissioner Stephen Wantz, R-District 1, noted that the department was awaiting news on a $2.7 million grant from the Maryland State Highway Administration’s Transportation Alternatives Program.

“What will happen if we don’t get the grant?” he asked.

Bureau of Resource Management Chief Gale Engels said that even if the SHA funding didn’t come in, there would be enough.

Commissioner Dennis Frazier, R-District 3, asked whether or not the stream was connected before — since the phrasing used in the request before the commissioners was “reconnect.”

“The steam has incised itself,” Engels said. “The stream is eroding severely, so we are reintroducing that to the flood plain so the stream will go over a larger area of ground and not just be confined to the stream channel.”

The entire Board of County Commissioners meeting and discussion from Thursday, July 12, can be found at the Carroll County government meeting portal website.