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Workers Digging New Construction Zone at Muddy Creek Intersection

Officials are now estimating the infamous construction project will be completed in the fall of 2013.

Heavy rains flooded the over the weekend and caused a stormwater build-up on the street, but it’s a problem that could be gone soon.

Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) spokesman Matt Diehl said as workers complete “final paving” at the site, large puddles should slowly vanish as pavement levels increase. Final pavement work will begin next month, Diehl added.

“Heavy rains did cause a problem over the weekend and our project manager, consultant and representatives form inspection and permits are working to address this,” Diehl told Patch in an email.

Some Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch readers noticed that workers were digging up land near the project, creating what looked like a drainage system. However, the DPW spokesmen said the crew was executing a planned effort to create another work zone on the south side of the intersection.

In the coming months, workers will continue to add curb and gutters, begin new traffic signal installation work and execute the “final paving,” Diehl said. Phase one—creating additional lanes on westbound Route 214 and a double left turn lane on northbound Muddy Creek Road—is scheduled to conclude this December.

Phase 2 will focus construction on two eastbound lanes for Route 214, creating a “dedicated right turn lane” on northbound Muddy Creek Road and developing shoulders in both directions for bicyclists. The new completion date is fall 2013, Diehl said.

Previously, the DPW said its goal was to complete the project in October 2012, but throughout the spring months. 

Steve C August 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Are they really going to completely blame this train wreck of a project on the weather? Please!
Barry Cornwall August 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM
A good "lead" to a story contains at least who, what, when, WHERE. The story on the rain and road construction does not tell WHERE until more than half way down the story. I have to agree with Steve C - "really??!!"
Pam August 30, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Government????? All they do is complicate everything ....if this job was given to the private sector it would have been done a longgggg time ago.
Rita August 30, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I agree with Steve - they have been blaming the weather for a while. We did not have a particularly wet spring. In fact, I believe it was quite the opposite. It boils down to poor planning. It takes less time to design, build, and launch a satellite than this road has taken to be be improved. It would be nice to hear about the costs associated with the project as well - I am sure it is WAAAAYYYYY over budget.
Tom B August 30, 2012 at 02:26 PM
As a comparison, it took 410 days to build the Empire State Building, 3 years to build the first Bay Bridge span and almost four years to build the second Bay Bridge span. But to not be too critical, it did take 5 years to build the Hoover dam- about the same as the Muddy Creek right turn lane is taking!
Jesse Falsone August 30, 2012 at 03:26 PM
The painfully slow construction at this intersection serves as a constant reminder of how poor this county government has planned and executed the project. And really, wet ground conditions this spring? It was a very dry spring. We will have a congested and dangerous intersection for over another year, and that's an optimistic timeframe.
Todd August 30, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Yes, Muddy Creek Road intersection construction zone,is a train wreck of a project, It needed to be done,but at what cost to the tax payers?
Carleen August 30, 2012 at 06:02 PM
They've been using excuse after excuse for why this project isn't done on time! I got an email over a year ago telling me that because Verizon was on strike that stalled the project,,,,,then we got a hurricane or tornado heck it could be a rainstorm and THAT would cause problems.....what a crock - if you go by this site after 1:00 in the afternoon - not a soul working....they work a couple hours and then go have a beer or whatever....THAT is why the project isn't getting done....no workers working!! If this was Northern Virginia they would have been done over a year ago!!
Jim M August 31, 2012 at 09:58 AM
If you believe DPW I have some oceanfront land to sell you in Kansas. Planned event ?? Why do you have "project manager, consultant and representatives form inspection and permits" working on it ?? The guy contradicts himself in 2 sentances. Just look at the site, It's DRAINAGE work people ! And they wonder why we have zero faith in government.
Melanie August 31, 2012 at 02:54 PM
This whole project is a HUGE disgrace! There are no real explanations, just a lot of lame excuses. By the time it's finished, there will be so many more drivers passing through that area that it's not going to be enough. Shame on anyone who is involved with this wretched project.
RGM August 31, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Someone is going to get killed at this "Failed Intersection". We will then have a name for the dedication sign.
Sandy Janowiak September 03, 2012 at 08:47 PM
The Trans Alaskan Highway built in 1942, is 1,387 miles long. Construction began on March 8, 1942 and completed on October 28, 1942, yet we have been waiting 3 years for a 1/4 miles lane widening in Edgewater and it is still not complete hmmmmm......
Sandy Janowiak January 02, 2013 at 11:44 PM
I see December has come and gone and this project is still not finished.

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