Holdups For 2 Projects


April 26, 2009|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com

This week, Watchdog brings you updates on some lingering problems.

UPDATE: The weather is warmer, so more people will be headed to the Harbor Promenade, the walking and jogging path along the water between Canton and Federal Hill. But the lights that should be illuminating a portion of the walkway in Fells Point remain dark, more than two years after they were installed.

We said then that the city Transportation Department, which oversaw construction of this section, should have gotten these lights connected to electrical power. It turns out that the developer of the property, known as Union Wharf, is in fact responsible.

Watchdog called developer Larry Silverstein, and he said it wouldn't take long to complete - if someone from the city would tell him where to dig. "Short of digging up everything, we don't know where the conduit is to hook up electric," he said. "It's just a matter of trying to find the right person who has the knowledge of it."

UPDATE: Next, here's some information about the lingering Linkwood Road sewer project, in Baltimore's Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood. In September, the construction had already stretched two months beyond the July 14 completion date announced on a posted sign.

The project, near the Johns Hopkins University, was del ayed when the contractor encountered unexpected rock, Kurt Kocher, spokesman for the city's Department of Public Works, said at the time. He estimated it would be completed by early 2009.

Now that it's dangerously close to mid-2009, Kocher has a new ballpark date: Linkwood should reopen to traffic by the end of May but will still need some work because of a backup in delivery of some materials, such as frames and covers for manholes.

Carol Gamble, who lives in the neighborhood, had called 311 for an update, but the operator there told her she would have to call City Hall instead. A call to City Hall directed her back to 311.

The spokesman said that they are working to ensure 311 operators have full lists of construction projects at hand, although he said a request for information could have been entered and someone would have gotten back to her. "They know where to call to get that information," he said.

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