County gets six bids to build road

Offers range widely for first phase of cement trucks' route

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Union Bridge

March 08, 2001|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

Carroll County officials opened bids yesterday for a new road and railroad spur on the outskirts of Union Bridge that are intended to get heavy cement trucks and train cars off the town's Main Street.

Six companies submitted bids to complete the first phase of construction, which is scheduled to begin in May. The proposals ranged from $535,392 to $1.345 million to build 2,300 feet of the 6,500-foot-long road that will connect Green Valley Road (Route 75) and Quaker Hill Road, east of town, where Lehigh Portland Cement Co. is completing a $260 million expansion.

During the next few days, county officials will review the bids to determine which company was the most responsive. The commissioners will then award the bid during a public meeting.

County officials hope to have the first phase of construction finished by November. It is estimated that the entire $5.5 million project will be completed by December 2002.

Named Shepherd's Mill Road, the new road will allow up to 200 large cement trucks a day leaving the plant to reach Route 75 without using Main Street. The plan also includes a new spur for Maryland Midland Railway, which delivers raw materials to Lehigh. The spur would be built parallel to the new road and eliminate the need for train tracks downtown.

The mayor, Town Council and the Union Bridge planning commission have voiced support for the road, noting that it would provide another route out of town for Union Bridge's 1,000 residents. In the past, residents have been cut off when Little Pipe Creek floods Route 75.

State transportation officials also support the project. In September 1999, Maryland officials awarded a $3.5 million grant toward the cost of the project. Carroll has approved $1.5 million in its capital improvements program.

However, residents who live opposite the site of the new road have raised concerns about traffic safety and truck noise, noting that the projected number of trucks has doubled since 1999. Their questions, posed at last week's public hearing on the project, have prompted state officials to require a traffic analysis before allowing Shepherd's Mill Road to connect to Route 75.

County officials are working with Robert L. Fisher, a State Highway Administration engineer, to determine the impact the new road would have on Route 75 and to resolve issues caused by the anticipated swell in traffic.

The companies that bid on phase I of the Shepherd's Mill Road project are BEKA Industries Inc. of Pasadena, $1,345,030; Gardiner & Gardiner General Contractors of Crofton, $1,028,071; Peak Inc. of Columbia, $983,043; C.J. Miller of Hampstead, $801,572; White Pine Construction Corp., $763,785; and Stambaughs Inc. of Union Bridge, $535,392.

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