Port Deposit gets drainage funding

PORT DEPOSIT, Md. - The Town of Port Deposit is set to receive a $1 million grant to help fix their drainage problems.

In 2010, the Town approached the State Highway Administration and expressed interest in developing a streetscape project for the community, but they would need to address the drainage problems first. Since there is no funding available in SHA's Community Safety and Enhance Program, SHA committed to developing a concept plan fro the project.

SHA worked with a group of citizens for nine months to create a plan for the streetscape. Everyone involved agreed that addressing the drainage problems was the number one priority once funding is available.

Design has been completed for the needed drainage improvements and the next phase will be to secure funding for the purchase of right-of-way access.

Right-of-way easements will be secured under the railroad bed that will enable SHA to put drainage outfalls in 10 locations to drain storm water into the Susquehanna River along MD 322. The easements will also allow SHA to permanently maintain the outfall pipes in perpetuity.

The improvements will be made along MD 322 from Mill Street to River Drive. The new outfalls should substantially eliminate flooding along the highway except during extreme weather.

Although the $1 million for construction has not been formally committed to date, funding is expected to be confirmed for Fiscal 2013 within the next few weeks.

This will allow construction to proceed in late summer or early fall of this year and be completed by spring 2013.

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