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Ocean City winter projects announced, expect some detours

(Oct. 19, 2012) The Town of Ocean City’s Public Works Department is starting several projects this month that involve traffic lane closures or detours. The projects, which are scheduled to be completed between this December and next May, range from water main installation to road improvements.

The projects are: n St. Louis Avenue repaving: On Oct. 15, Public Works closed St. Louis Ave. from Talbot Street to 1st Street to repave the road. This section, which goes under the Route 50 Bridge, is scheduled to open today (Friday, Oct.19), although weather or high tides could delay the re-opening. n 45th to 51st Street 24” raw water main: A contractor working for the town has begun installing a 24-inch raw water main, in the center lane of northbound Coastal Highway beginning at 45th Street and ending between 51st Street and 52nd Street at the site of a new production well, also being installed this fall.

Multiple lane closures during the workweek and into the weekend are expected. The same contractor will also be performing road repairs on the asphalt, placed this spring, in the southbound fast lane of Coastal Highway from 49th Street to 26th. This work should not involve major long-term lane closures.

Completion date for this project is Dec. 15. n St. Louis Avenue water, sewer, and road improvements 10th to 17th Street, Phase I: On Oct. 22, a contractor will begin rebuilding St. Louis Avenue from 10th to 17th Street. This is the first phase of a multiyear project. Areas of St. Louis Avenue will be closed during the week – including parking restrictions — to allow this work to be performed. Detours will be prevalent, with traffic being diverted to traffic controlled intersections on Philadelphia Avenue. All cross streets in the project area will remain open after hours and on weekends.

Completion Date for this project is May 1, 2013. n Citywide potable valve exercising: Utility Services Company on Monday began water valve exercising, but will not require major or long-term temporary traffic control measures. While all 1,500 valves will be operated, noticeable water shutoffs should not be an issue.

A fire hydrant flushing will also take place, in conjunction with the valve exercise operation. After valves are exercised, the hydrants will be flushed in the same area to remove any debris introduced by the valve testing. Due to the exercise project, there will not be a nighttime, major fire hydrant flushing operation this fall as usual, but will resume this coming March.

Completion date for this project is May 14, 2013. n Old Landing Road wastewater pumping station improvements: Reconstruction of the Old Landing wastewater pumping station project will begin the later part of October. There will be no parking in the area so the construction can proceed, but normal traffic should not be affected.

Completion date for this project is May 1, 2013.

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