Brock Bridge Road span to be closed 3 weeks

Traffic Talk

April 10, 2005|By Phillip McGowan | Phillip McGowan,SUN STAFF

How much longer is Brock Bridge Road expected to be closed between Whiskey Bottom Road and Dorsey Run Road?

For about three more weeks, according to representatives with the county and the construction project.

Nearby residents and businesses are getting a bit antsy because the road was supposed to be reopened by January. This section of Brock Bridge links Annapolis Junction with Laurel-Maryland City-Russett and is a popular shortcut to bypass Route 198 and get to points north on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32.

But unless you live on the road, ride on a school bus or drive a garbage truck, you are still blocked from using this portion of Brock Bridge.

In fact, as of Wednesday, Dorsey Run Road has been blocked to extend the sewer line and install manholes north from Brock Bridge.

All of this work is being done in preparation for the building of the Annapolis Junction Business Park on the south side of Route 32 and east of Dorsey Run. The project will provide about 2 million square feet of upscale space over the next decade, according to Hillary Cahan, project manager for Konterra, the developer for the new business park.

But to obtain the building permits from the county, Konterra was obligated to install sewer lines and a pumping station that would serve the business park, said county spokeswoman Pam Jordan.

Construction began in late August to extend the sewer line along a two-mile stretch of Brock Bridge. The contractor, Corman Construction Inc., said it would lay water main at a rate of 800 feet a week.

But there have been a few delays and complications along the two-lane road that runs parallel to a MARC train line. One delay was Sept. 23 when Corman workers struck an existing force main and caused more than 10,000 gallons of sewage to leak out, the county said.

But if everything goes according to plan, Brock Bridge and Dorsey Run roads will be reopened by the end of the month.

"It's been a major traffic-control project," Jordan said. "It's not often that a road is closed for this amount of time."

But that's not the end of the delays.

Utility work not related to the business park is set to begin in the coming weeks, resulting in periodic lane closures along the same areas, county and Konterra officials said.

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