Work on Annapolis' West Street is ahead of schedule

April 07, 2003|By Amanda J. Crawford | Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF

The second phase of the $13.2 million utility replacement and road reconstruction on Annapolis' West Street is at least two weeks ahead of schedule and expected to be completed by early June, city officials said.

Despite the record snowfall during the winter, the contractor - encouraged by incentives of $2,000 a day to finish earlier than the contract completion date of July 8 - has kept a steady pace.

"We've managed to hold the schedule and are at least two weeks ahead of schedule, maybe a little more," said Joseph A. Baker Jr., the city's chief of engineering and construction, who said the contractor, FMC Civil Construction Inc. of Cheverly, lost two days because of snow. "It looks like it may be finished as much as four weeks early."

The project replaces aging water pipes under the road, which were installed in 1894 and 1879, Baker said. Workers also are burying or replacing sewer, electric and cable lines and rebuilding the road surface.

Construction crews are working to finish utility work on West Street between West Washington Street and the intersection with Calvert and Cathedral streets. They also will replace a sewer manhole in that intersection and an electric vault nearby on Cathedral Street. This work will entail sporadic closings or traffic limits during the next month, Baker said.

Workers also are excavating and replacing the roadway of West Washington Street. That street is expected to reopen to traffic in about two weeks, Baker said.

A second contractor, C&F Construction Co. of Washington, is replacing brick sidewalks along West Street. Once the final surface coat of pavement is complete on West and West Washington streets, brick crosswalks will be installed.

Phase Two began in mid-October. Phase One was completed in January last year.

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