Video record of Spout Hill Road repairs to be kept

August 10, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

A camera will roll and provide Sykesville with a permanent record of county repairs to Spout Hill Road.

Mayor Kenneth W. Clark is lending his camcorder to give the town a videotape of the entire operation.

"The road is dangerous, with a hole down deep that spreads out under the concrete," said Mr. Clark. "We could find more than we bargained for when work begins."

Bill Oler, the town building inspector, called the video "an excellent way to have the work on file."

The heavily traveled connector road, which has been closed since a sinkhole developed July 8, will remain closed to through traffic until repairs are completed.

The taping is intended to detail the extent of the problems that have beset Spout Hill for several years. Work is scheduled to begin on the road, which links Third Avenue to Main Street, within a week and should take seven days to complete, said James L. Schumacher, the town manager.

Mr. Schumacher estimated that the sinkhole was 17 feet wide and about 4 feet deep, "with only a concrete cover." Crews poured 4 1/2 tons of stone into the hole as a stopgap measure.

Town and county officials walked along the road last week to determine how to fix water leaks that are undermining its surface.

"The county will dig up all the damaged areas and mill the entire road down to the rock layer," said Mr. Schumacher. "They will check for any other cavities and basically repave the whole road."

Crews will also install new drains to draw water away from the road and into the town storm water system, he said.

"I hope we can find the source of the water problems," said Mr. Oler. "There are no guarantees. We will have to evaluate problems."

C. J. Miller Co. of Hampstead will install the drains for about $6,000, of which the county will pay $2,000. Keith Kirschnick, county public works director, said he has not received the final estimates for patching and paving the town-owned road but that he expects the county share to be between $15,000 and $20,000. The town would pay $3,000 for that phase.

Local officials say the problems began when the county installed a water pipe under Spout Hill.

"We had no problem before they put the pipe in," said Councilman Jonathan Herman. "Now, we have to create a place for water to go and channel it to our storm drains.

"We know there is water, and we have to get it to where we want it to go."

Mr. Herman said the town should demand a complete resurfacing.

"Let's do this right," he said. "We should apply pressure [on the county] and not skimp on the repairs."

Mr. Clark said he might consider restricting truck traffic on Spout Hill once it reopens. Officials hope to have the road back in service before school starts Aug. 29.

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