First the good news: County contracting crews are taking a break from installing a new pipe under York Road for the winter, meaning traffic should flow more easily through the normally congested, major Lutherville-Timonium thruway.
Now the bad news: While the break is good for drivers in the interim, it means that crews once again missed a projected deadline to complete the project, which began back in April 2010. This could become problematic for the old pipe, which is prone to breaks in freezing temperatures.
Back in July, Patch reported that Burgermeister Bell—the County’s contractor for this project—had lost 60 working days due to excessive rain. They were hoping to complete the 9,500-foot water line replacement by November, avoiding another harsh winter on the old line.
The $5 million-project is now 82 percent finished, with an expected completion date of August 2013. The new pipe installation stretches off Ridgely Road to Padonia Road, according to the Council District 3 newsletter.
Speaking of Ridgely Road, the Baltimore County Department of Public Works is planning to install a small roundabout at the intersection of Ridgely and Margate roads.
"The construction, expected to start this winter, is designed to improve safety issues at the intersection," according to the District 3 January newsletter.
Tell Us: Where else would you like to see roundabouts installed in Lutherville-Timonium neighborhoods? Do you choose to drive through neighborhood roads to avoid York Road traffic? Start the conversation in the comments section below.