Contract awarded to build bridge, road to landfill

April 27, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

A controversial bridge and access road needed for the planned Lund Landfill will cost Washington County nearly $4.4 million to build.

An agreement made in 1990 with 10 nearby property owners locked the county into building a bridge to connect the landfill site to U.S. 40 instead of upgrading roads on the same side of the Conococheague Creek as the landfill.

The agreement was made before four of the current County Commissioners took office. At least one commissioner, William J. Wivell, has expressed frustration at being forced by prior commitments to build the bridge.

The agreement was not mentioned during Tuesday's meeting, however.

The County Commissioners unanimously voted to award the $4.37 million contract to low bidder Joseph B. Fay Co. of Baltimore. The highest of the seven bids was $5.12 million. The county's construction cost estimate was $4.6 million.


Money for construction costs will come from the county's capital improvement program budgets.

Gary Rohrer, public works director, has estimated it will cost Washington County about $12 million to close Resh Sanitary Landfill and another $12 million, including the cost of the bridge and road, to get Lund ready for operation.

Lund Landfill is scheduled to open in the fall of 2000, about the time Resh is scheduled to run out of space.

The 425-acre Lund Landfill site is tucked in a bend of the Conococheague Creek near Resh. It was purchased from Washington, D.C. Attorney Wendell L. Lund for $1.2 million in 1990.

The county is in the final stage of getting all permits needed for the landfill.

The County Commissioners resolved the most complicated part of the permit process at an April 20 meeting when they approved an agreement to regulate moving bodies from a cemetery inside the property, Rohrer said.

The agreement was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Maryland State Historic Preservation Office and the Advisory Council of Historic Preservation, with the latter two acting essentially as consultants, said Rodney Little, Maryland State Historic Preservation Officer.

The Corps of Engineers, which must approve some needed permits, required the county to sign the agreement before landfill development could proceed.

Little said Tuesday that while the historical groups urged the county to try to preserve the cemetery, county officials said doing so would reduce the landfill's life from 80 years to about 55 years.

The county is required to develop a draft of an "archaeological data recovery plan" by June 2001 and adopt it by June 2003 to preserve as much information as possible, Little said.

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