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Wet Ground Conditions Stall Muddy Creek Construction

Renovating the "failed intersection" is expected to resume in April, after Verizon relocates the utilities in the area.

Wet ground conditions at the  have stalled further developments for the much-anticipated intersection renovation, Anne Arundel Department of Public Works spokesman Matt Diehl said.

Renovating the connection of Muddy Creek Road and Maryland Route 214 has been  in an effort to increase the safety and efficiency of the intersection. Since 2009,  have occurred there, .

Workers completed the redesigned stabilization slope—a retaining wall used to ensure the road’s solidarity—in January. But contractors have not done any work since then due to wet ground conditions and the fear of potential winter weather.

“To avoid the chance of multiple interruptions and even further delays, the contractor will remobilize and complete the road improvement part of this project in early April when ground conditions improve and the potential for snow passes,” Diehl told Patch in an email.

The county approved initial improvements for the intersection of Route 214 and Muddy Creek Road in 2001, but ground wasn’t broken until 2010.

“The project was long overdue when ground was broken … and any delays will be understandably upsetting,” Diehl said. “When the project is complete, it will greatly decrease the rush hour delays.”

In October, the county resubmitted design plans for the stabilization slope and two months late, State Highway Administration officials approved the plan and completed construction in January, Diehl said.

On March 5, Verizon is set to begin a 10-day, 24-hour effort to complete utility relocation around the intersection. After that, a county contractor will remobilize to complete the actual road improvements starting in April.

“County engineers and contractors now anticipate a spring 2013 completion,” Diehl said.

Lance Dawson March 09, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Bet if this project was in north county it would already be done!!! South county screwed again. Schools get the short end of the stick along with everything else here in South county! Time for county to get us some representation here!
Richard Martin March 09, 2012 at 01:39 PM
3 years. Count them. 3 years to do this intersection. Please.
Rita March 09, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Really, the ground is wet? You would think they would plan for that (insert rolling eyes here). And it hasn't been a particularly wet winter. It is pretty obvious we don't have any connected politicians living on the peninsula. Can you ask where the water comes from that the Verizon truck pumps out from in front of the liquor store almost daily?
Lisa Volmar Logan March 09, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Ditto! Ditto! Ditto!
Jennifer Probst March 09, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Really? The work is being done on a road named "Muddy Creek" and there are "wet ground conditions." Imagine that! A cursory look at the numerous creeks flowing by the site on a dry day, which turn into little rivers after a few rain sprinkles should have been very obvious during the design phase in 2001 and earlier. What a failure in construction planning and project non-completion! Thanks to the Patch for keeping this issue in the news.
Dave March 10, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I don't know of too many private construction sites the have been delayed two years for wet ground conditions. Especially if money is involved. But since this is a state highway project, I am surely not surprised!
Melanie March 10, 2012 at 07:30 PM
There is no incentive or or corporate interest for Verizon in getting this done any time soon. We are at their mercy. Perhaps if everyone on the peninsula canceled their Verizon Fios contracts, that may speak volumes. Would it be enough??? Who knows.
Cpark April 05, 2013 at 11:48 AM
This process is totally disgusting! I've been living in mayo for about a year and I've been upset with the traffic and unfinished work since I moved to the area. I can not believe that this has taken 3 years to do a two lane road. You would think they were workin on a major highway. No one cares about the people who lives in these communities and the hours we have spent sitting in the traffic at 530 pm. And when their are workers out there, most of them are on their phone and not doing any construction. It's so incredibly frustrating. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHO I CAN CONTACT ABOUT THIS?? I'm sure who ever has received numorus calls, letters and emails but one more can't hurt. Thanks

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