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First phase of Ellicott City Safe and Sound plan to begin

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Posted at 3:05 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 15:05:28-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — After Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the final decision for his plan in May, the county's DPW will begin work on the Maryland Avenue Culvert project.

County Executive Ball's "EC Safe and Sound” plan includes various key flood mitigation projects, including the installation of two 10-foot diameter pipes under Maryland Avenue.

“Earlier this year, we crafted a bold, effective plan for flood mitigation in Ellicott City to move forward with urgency, prioritize public safety, and build a model of resilience and economic vitality. The Maryland Avenue Culvert Project represents another important milestone of progress this year along our journey to better support every resident, visitor, and business in our town,” said Ball. “This project will take immediate action to direct water away from Main Street and keep people safe. I want to thank everyone working on this project, and all our Safe and Sound efforts, for their dedication to serving our community.”

Crews plan to conduct soil borings near the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Main Street. Officials say the results of the borings will help develop the final design of the Maryland Avenue Culvert project. The work is expected to take two days.

Flagging operations will be in place to direct traffic as needed as temporary lane shifts along Maryland Avenue during construction hours, Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Drivers are urged to stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes, and highway workers in the area.

To learn more about Ball’s EC Safe and Sound plan, click here